Friday, February 22, 2013

Thinking about free will

Even if the will is free it is limited and restricted. It is as free as a prisoner in a prison cell. You can be free to some extent in your cell but only within that room. Determinism is the prison and the cage one is condemned to be "free" in. There are too many wires and cross connections between what one calls the self and the causal events that make up that self for there to be a clear free will.
Hume said reason is the slave of the passions one could say free will is the slave of determinism.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sam Harris on Free Will & Determinism

"The role of luck in our lives appears decisive...this poses a problem"[for the way humans traditionally speak and think about social structure] -Sam Harris
Is Free Will a necessary fiction to organize human society even if it ignores the multitude of deterministic variables that many people are unaware of?
Free Will is not free from the strings of causal events outside the paradigm of the ego.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Natural History redux

"These are some of the things hydrogen atoms do, given fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution."
Carl Sagan
"We are here because one odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook."
"It seems the height of antiquated hubris to claim that the universe carried on as it did for billions of years in order to form a comfortable abode for us. Chance and historical contingency give the world of life most of its glory and fascination. I sit here happy to be alive and sure that some reason must exist for 'why me?' Or the earth might have been totally covered with water, and an octopus might now be telling its children why the eight-legged God of all things had made such a perfect world for cephalopods. Sure we fit. We wouldn't be here if we didn't. But the world wasn't made for us and it will endure without us."
Stephen Jay Gould