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Does free will exist?

 
 
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2017 06:29 am
@Briancrc,
Nothing metaphysical about choices. Why do you think we have those big brains, if not to use them? And what do we use them for, if not choosing?
Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2017 11:30 am
I frame the problem very simply, my "choices" have reasons they don't come out of the blue. I chose what I need. If I need a glass of water I go and get one, if I feel the need to go for a walk I go for a stroll, if I feel I need a snack I eat. None of these choices was free. My volition acted according to my CIRCUMSTANTIAL needs! The day I can choose my needs and act accordingly with them then perhaps I will be a step closer of having some degree of freedom....problem being even in such a place the needs I would chose would have reasons to...for some of us who really take the time and care to think about it we don't see any degree of freedom in our choices as people always beg the question. Hence why we ask if there is a metaphysical something freeing us from our worldly constraints? Unfortunately this very simple question seems to transcend the understanding of those who carelessly reply "no our freedom is all perfectly natural"...heck is the question that hard to grasp???
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Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2017 11:45 am
...oh and don't get me started when ppl come with stuff like,"you can feel thirsty but postpone drinking" and so on...because those kinds of excuses also have REASONS!!! If I postpone X, Y, Z, need its because ANOTHER need takes precedence because it is more URGENT! Again how is this hard to grasp???
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Briancrc
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2017 05:54 pm
@Olivier5,
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Nothing metaphysical about choices. Why do you think we have those big brains, if not to use them? And what do we use them for, if not choosing?


Making choices is a description of events one witnesses. The reasons for the choices is what can be studied and explained beyond self report. People also do many things admittedly for reasons that they themselves cannot explain. A lot of time can be wasted trying to unlock the supposed unconscious reasons for a person's actions. Whether the person concedes that they cannot explain their behavior, or why they like what they like, or that they feel completely assure that they can explain the reasons, the history of consequences to which a person is exposed can be shown as the originating source for what a person does.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 15 Nov, 2017 04:23 pm
@Briancrc,
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Making choices is a description of events one witnesses.

Well, yes. It's also the reason you have a brain. To make choices.
Briancrc
 
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Reply Thu 16 Nov, 2017 04:33 am
@Olivier5,
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Well, yes. It's also the reason you have a brain. To make choices.


But is the brain the originating source of the choice or does it mediate? If it originates, then does that mean that it is processing bits of information that are stored in the brain? If the brain stores information, then there should be evidence of single points in the brain responsible for specific thoughts; more specific than general regions of the brain having general functions. The metaphor for several decades now is that the brain is like a computer with a storage and retrieval system, but has the very popular metaphor held up to the evidence?
Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Thu 16 Nov, 2017 08:20 am
@Olivier5,
While the brain is not exactly a Turing machine it still processes information on the base of its inputs and needs...I don't see the word freedom fitting in anywhere in that process. But then again, this topic of contention between us is old...thankfully we agree on many other things.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Thu 16 Nov, 2017 10:32 am
@Briancrc,
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If the brain stores information, then there should be evidence of single points in the brain responsible for specific thoughts; more specific than general regions of the brain having general functions. The metaphor for several decades now is that the brain is like a computer with a storage and retrieval system, but has the very popular metaphor held up to the evidence?

That metaphor was proven wrong in the 80s or 90s. I could dig up more if you're interested. The bottom line is that neural networks are (by definition and behaviour) non-local. That may be why our brain can still work in spite of losing neurons every day. Try that with a computer: kill a few transistors in their chip day after day, and see if they can still compute after 10 ir 20 years of that... :-)
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Thu 16 Nov, 2017 10:45 am
@Fil Albuquerque,
Yes, you and I have been throught all that more often that we care to count. In your language I am a underterminist-compatibilist.
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