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Proof of nonexistence of free will

 
 
Briancrc
 
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Reply Thu 19 Mar, 2020 06:43 pm
@cicerone imposter,
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What I learned to do was to take the business card from the hotel where I'm staying, and show it to the taxi driver. It worked 100% of the time. You can decide what's free will to you, but don't expect me to buy your BS.


Evaluate the premises. Determine if they are true or not. If they are true, then decide if they are good reasons for the conclusion. Hand-waving them away is not a counter-argument.

Some events that closely follow a behavior in time can make it more likely that that behavior occurs under similar conditions again in the future. Experiments support this statement. You could say the statement is false, but I think you will be hard-pressed to discount decades of peer-reviewed research that show consequent events changing the future probability of behavior. When consequent events to behavior increase the future probability of those behaviors, the effect is called reinforcement. Behavior can generalize to new conditions. The new conditions will share stimulus features with the conditions that were present at the time the behavior first occurred. "First occurred" may also need further explanation because the behavior may have developed from a series of smaller, prior changes. Processes of equivalence and adduction have also been demonstrated in experimental and applied conditions. As a distinct organism, you are changed by your experiences, and there are interaction effects from the lifetime of changes you have experienced. You can display a tremendous diversity and novelty in the things that you do. Because you are able to observe states of your body at the time you behave, you likely attribute what you observe as the cause of the actions you take. That's natural. Consistently observing one event (thinking) preceding another (doing) naturally leads people to believe that the cause of their doing was the thinking that preceded it. However, I'm sure you are aware of the post hoc fallacy.

People also don't believe that the tremendous diversity and novelty of creatures on the earth are possible from the processes of variation and selection of phenotypes by means of natural selection. Some people believe that a great and powerful Mind planted all the creatures of the Earth here; despite the evidence to the contrary.

cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 19 Mar, 2020 06:57 pm
@Briancrc,
I belief leans towards what scientists are telling us about how we evolved.
Briancrc
 
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Reply Thu 19 Mar, 2020 07:19 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Thankfully we behave for reasons that are not capricious or random. If we, as naturally occurring phenomena in the universe, behaved for truly random reasons, then science could not say anything about human behavior. If our behavior never changed, then there would be no need for science. Given that our behavior falls between the extremes of never changing and randomness, it is susceptible to scientific study and analysis.

This is no different than it is for any other naturally occurring phenomena in the universe. However, we are not inanimate objects that do things solely for reasons that chemistry and physics have explanations. Many of the arguments made on the topic of free will seem to be ones based on Aristotelian logic. I don't think this is going to be a topic one will find the answer to a priori.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 19 Mar, 2020 07:35 pm
@Briancrc,
I think social science and psychology may be able to identify all the things we humans are capable of doing, but all of us are subjective animals from learned behavior since we were born. Much of how we live our lives are based on our culture, race, environment, education, and the wealth of the society in which we live. As an American born during the Great Depression, I've seen a good part of this planet from my many travels. Having visited all seven continents and 132 countries in some ways makes my experience of life somewhat unique. At least, that's what I believe. My travels were based on "free will" from the fact that being born in the right country at the right time made that all possible. My sister tells me, I have been "blessed."
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xrickandmorty
 
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Reply Sun 29 Mar, 2020 07:34 am
@fresco,
That depends on how you define free will, and something
That is considered right or wrong is the end is made up of parts.
The thing that the person doesn't like or likes what others doing is the only difference between the words. Even if you define them differently
The definitions are still only a product of what you like or don't like
And because the words only by definition represent your likes, well or other peoples too and or.
And dislikes that is all they can be. Everything in the universe interacting
Or not, an object interacting with another, and words describe what occurs and that is only what occurs that is all right and wrong can ever describe.
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