(14-09-2012 12:14 PM)Chas Wrote:
(14-09-2012 12:04 PM)Dom Wrote: I tend to agree with this.
The more we learn about brain functions, the clearer it becomes that our "free will" is extremely limited if not non-existant.
Our particular chemical composition plus a hodgepodge of conscious and non - conscious (I don't want to say subconscious since that has all sorts of other connotations) sorting mechanisms presents us with a refined couple of options we can choose to base a decision on.
My jury is still out on that one. The complexity of the brain and mind are such that it very much looks like free will at some level. One hypothesis is that our minds cannot understand the complexity of our minds. That even if we largely prove the absence of free will in theory, that we will still feel, believe, and act just as though we have free will.
An excellent book on the ideas of consciousness, free will, thinking, and all that is The Mind's I by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett. It is brilliant, funny, insightful, thought-provoking.
Everyone interested in consciousness, etc. should read it. I'm not commanding you do so - read it of your own free will.
My brain synapsis are sparking, probably that book will be in my hands in a week or so.
Science is the process we've designed to be responsible for generating our best guess as to what the fuck is going on. Girly Man