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Our concept of free will could all be an illusion, new research suggests.

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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 04:10 PM
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so because our brain is programed to see patterns and have bias that means we dont have free will. determinism is f#$cking stupid.




posted on May, 3 2016 @ 04:15 PM
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originally posted by: AVoiceOfReason
so because our brain is programed to see patterns and have bias that means we dont have free will. determinism is f#$cking stupid.


the other side of the free will coin is infinite reduction. we are so small that the entire history of the earth from birth to death is a pixel in the jupiter-sized monitor that is the milky way galaxy. which in its turn is a pixel in an even bigger monitor. which is an unfortunate metaphor, because now it sounds like im calling the universe a computer. im not, because that would be, to use your terminology, f#$cking stupid. point being, our free will is the brighter half of being hyper intelligent microbes. we are not flying, we are falling gracefully. the fabric of existence doesnt care about your existential crisis, and you may still be wringing your hands over the futility of it all when that futility stops your heart of old age.
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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 04:40 PM
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a reply to: TzarChasm

huh?



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 07:02 PM
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There is a definite freedom of choice granted to us, however individually we are still conditioned to think and act in a way that appears 'natural' to oneself, depending on our experiences and character makeup... I have no doubt that everyday on Earth people do and say things that are 'out of character', but the consequences of our actions often dictate how far 'off course' we are willing to push ourselves...



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 07:08 PM
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originally posted by: nOraKat
a reply to: Restricted



opens your mind to the truth. You see things from wildly different perspectives, and the truth of our existence is shocking.

Which is?



We are not in control. Duh.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 11:15 PM
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a reply to: akushla99


I do claim to have free will, and I am questioning 'research' that says I don't.

You’re not questioning anything. You’re screaming with your fingers in your ears.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 11:17 PM
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a reply to: AVoiceOfReason

If you couldn’t understand what he was saying, it’s no surprise you think determinism is stupid.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 01:16 AM
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originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: akushla99


I do claim to have free will, and I am questioning 'research' that says I don't.

You’re not questioning anything. You’re screaming with your fingers in your ears.


Hahaha You're a regular comedian aren't You...have fun NOT answering what I continuosly ask, including the post You lifted this quote from - classic diversion - it's obvious You have no idea what the 'research' in the OP is saying subtextually and unbeknownst to themselves - swallow the line, I could really care less...and it might be You that blusters into the next non-free will guff thread, accusing me of going on and on and on - all the while, NOT answering the one question I keep asking...my friend, obviousness is obvious...

Å99
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 04:16 AM
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a reply to: Astyanax

sorry i dont have free will. i dont have a choice in how educated i am.

but please. explain what he was saying.
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 04:40 AM
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a reply to: AVoiceOfReason

I don’t think it’s about education. Anyway, he’s saying that whether we have free will or not matters not a jot in the final analysis. The universe will have its way no matter what we decide.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 04:44 AM
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a reply to: akushla99

This question, you mean?


all I'm asking is for an explanation of how the 'research' conducted by folk claiming to have 'discovered' that free will 'may', 'perhaps', 'seemingly' does not exist - can be immune from its own findings...a very simple question...

A very simple answer: it isn’t.

Do you think that is an objection to the premise?



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 07:36 AM
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a reply to: Astyanax




You are right. However, it is futile to deny the truth.


The truth that we don't have free-will...? Science hasn't been able to substantiate whether or not free-will exists or not so I don't even subscribe to that concept. As I said to Dark Ghost,I find myself agreeing more with soft-determinism as we really are biological automatons much like most if not all life is..




This leaves us with a problem. One logical solution is to divorce the concepts of responsibility and free will. You are responsible for whatever you do, whether or not you ‘meant’ to do it.


There's no point in divorcing the concepts when they were never conjoined...You can still have free will and lack accountability. What I essentially am saying is that determinism deliberately removes that accountability by placing too much merit on the external and internal forces for the causality of most criminal and harmful behaviors in society.
It actually incentivizes more criminal behavior similar to how mental illness has been the key to many mass shooters and serial killers given lighter sentences or being sent to a psyche ward.

I even suggested a solution to this conundrum,make good use of Operant conditioning. Harsher penalties for those who plea determinism after committing a crime. Increase pay or bonuses to actively contributing members of society to reward people for their contributions. Motive and benefit of a suspect wouldn't increase accountability at all,much of the blame would be shifted to the other variables depending on the crime;e.g Child hood,family relations,friendships,romantic relationships,associates,diet,medical history and etc..



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 07:38 AM
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This is what Gurdjieff has always been stressing on. There is nothing a man (in his ordinary state) can do. Everything HAPPENS to him. He has no free will in his ordinary state. All his desires, actions etc stem from outer stimuli or are based on pre recorded responses in the brain.




Man is a machine. All his deeds, actions, words, thoughts, feelings, convictions, opinions, and habits are the results of external influences, external impressions. Out of himself a man cant produce a single action. Everything he says, does, thinks, feels - all this happens. Man cannot discover anything, invent anything. It all happens. To establish this fact for oneself, to understand it, to be convinced of its truth, means getting rid of a thousand illusions about man, about his being creative, and being consciously organizing his own life and so on. There is nothing of this kind. Everything happens - popular movements, wars, revolutions, changes of government, all this happens. And it happens in the exactly same way as everything happens in the life of the individual man. Man is born, lives, dies, builds houses, writes books, not as he wants to but as it happens. Everything happens. Man does not love, hate, desire - all this happens. But no one will ever believe you if you tell him he can do nothing. This is the most offensive and the most unpleasant thing you can tell people. IT IS PARTICULARLY UNPLEASANT AND OFFENSIVE BECAUSE IT IS THE TRUTH AND NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR THE TRUTH. It is one thing to understand w/ the mind and another thing to feel it w/ one's whole mass, to be really convinced that it is so and never forget it. (G.I. Gurdjieff, as recorded by P. D. Ouspensky)



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 10:12 AM
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originally posted by: akushla99

But, you see, all I'm asking is for (short of discussing the 'research' with the researchers) is an explanation of how the 'research' conducted by folk claiming to have 'discovered' that free will 'may', 'perhaps', 'seemingly' does not exist - can be immune from its own findings...a very simple question...


There are two kinds of people in this world: those who think they know everything and those who know they don't. The former frequently use words such as "obviously, always, certainly" whereas the latter frequently use words such as "maybe, perhaps, seemingly."



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 10:54 AM
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originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: akushla99

This question, you mean?


all I'm asking is for an explanation of how the 'research' conducted by folk claiming to have 'discovered' that free will 'may', 'perhaps', 'seemingly' does not exist - can be immune from its own findings...a very simple question...

A very simple answer: it isn’t.

Do you think that is an objection to the premise?


No...it's not an objection at all - it is a confirmation of exactly what I have been saying, and the mantra most non-free willers love to sing on cue - that their opinions on the conclusions reached are also predestined (obviously) and cannot be taken seriously...under the guise of all things sciencey or not...it's called confirmation bias...the conclusions of these designed experiments are Not immune from their own conclusions...call that what you will - I did not design the experiment, or interpret the conclusions - humans, concluding what their designed experiment means/t, did. Adherents to its conclusion are exhibiting the same bias in accepting its conclusion...I reject it...and I am free to deny that ignorance...

Å99
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 10:55 AM
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originally posted by: Dark Ghost

originally posted by: akushla99

But, you see, all I'm asking is for (short of discussing the 'research' with the researchers) is an explanation of how the 'research' conducted by folk claiming to have 'discovered' that free will 'may', 'perhaps', 'seemingly' does not exist - can be immune from its own findings...a very simple question...


There are two kinds of people in this world: those who think they know everything and those who know they don't. The former frequently use words such as "obviously, always, certainly" whereas the latter frequently use words such as "maybe, perhaps, seemingly."


Very eloquently written. I gave You a star for Your effort.

Å99
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 10:58 AM
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Isn't this kind of dumb, or does nobody else through this?

A few seconds.... so how many of you don't stop to chew on things for more than a few seconds before acting... Did they just test a bunch of extraverts who act then process or something?

This seems quite idiotic, but hey... if people fall for this that's on them. Maybe they should have stopped to think about it for more than a few seconds.

My god! I took more than a few seconds to read that article, it's fail after fail after fail! I could not stop shaking my head. Guy should feel ashamed for writing that, and yet I fear he has no clue how many leaps in logic he took. So sad.
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 12:47 PM
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originally posted by: NateTheAnimator
a reply to: Astyanax




You are right. However, it is futile to deny the truth.


The truth that we don't have free-will...? Science hasn't been able to substantiate whether or not free-will exists or not so I don't even subscribe to that concept. As I said to Dark Ghost,I find myself agreeing more with soft-determinism as we really are biological automatons much like most if not all life is..




This leaves us with a problem. One logical solution is to divorce the concepts of responsibility and free will. You are responsible for whatever you do, whether or not you ‘meant’ to do it.


There's no point in divorcing the concepts when they were never conjoined...You can still have free will and lack accountability. What I essentially am saying is that determinism deliberately removes that accountability by placing too much merit on the external and internal forces for the causality of most criminal and harmful behaviors in society.
It actually incentivizes more criminal behavior similar to how mental illness has been the key to many mass shooters and serial killers given lighter sentences or being sent to a psyche ward.

I even suggested a solution to this conundrum,make good use of Operant conditioning. Harsher penalties for those who plea determinism after committing a crime. Increase pay or bonuses to actively contributing members of society to reward people for their contributions. Motive and benefit of a suspect wouldn't increase accountability at all,much of the blame would be shifted to the other variables depending on the crime;e.g Child hood,family relations,friendships,romantic relationships,associates,diet,medical history and etc..


It will be the graceful balancing act of proposals like these, that go towards 'solving' the real-life issues of the ethical conundrums either way...the symbiosis of polarised positions - as in nature...

Å99



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 01:13 PM
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originally posted by: Dark Ghost
a reply to: BigBrotherDarkness

If you believe that this existence is the only form of existence, then what you say makes sense. I personally believe there may be more to the overall workings of the universe than this physical existence. Do I have proof? No. But I have no more proof that there is a non-physical existence than you do that Free Will exists. We are shaped by our past experiences, some of which cannot be accurately relayed to others.


I dont believe anything, I see the framework of actual reality as well as the billions upon billions of egoist personalities living trope realities... ones that dip from one extreme to the other without balance, thinking that up will not follow down or that they are one and the same of the same condition? There arises circumstances to add to that trope covering up the frame work of reality even more... and adding to the personal tropes only increases baggage and suffering and the perpetuation of it on themselves and everyone one else attached to ego tropes of an experiencing self deluded thinking no one else could have any of these experiences... but due to having these fragments of an experience of something but not total experience of that something and am really a vast conglomerate of random experiences incomplete... I demand that a reality and call that a self.... 7 billionish people doing this... 7 billionish people... failing to see the framework vs the trope.

Of course that sounds cold and mechanical, but you cannot escape the tropes into the framework without having been there and know the pains suffering and struggles oh so well, trope after trope life after life until ding! Your goose is cooked and reality cannot be escaped from... that runs counter and opposite of the ones that cannot escape from their trope realities of impermanence and suffering life after life, it becomes enimation after enimation without suffering extremes, or being lost in tropes, though one can live and experience just the same, its just no attachment to any past, no plan for any future as reality just unfolds from all the tropes people constantly build on the actual framework of reality.

Nothing to believe, it just is define it and believe it if you must but that wont be reality just more trope in the pile needing to be sorted out to wake up.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 02:08 PM
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yeah i get that. wtf was the first part about?

anyway i dont get how me not understanding someone has any corelation to what i think/believe. determinism makes no sense. unlike alot of people i think the universe has a purpose. with the deterministic model you might as well not even simulate the universe.
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