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Originally posted by AceWombat04
Recent research suggests that we may in fact have no free will in the traditional sense, and that our experience of awareness may merely be an illusion - a highly persistent illusion, but an illusion nevertheless - generated as a form of emergent behavior. In some experiments involving electrical stimulation of the brain, they were able to provoke not only physical movement, but the experience of volition. That is to say that the subject believed they were choosing to move, when in reality both that sense of choice and the movement itself were externally stimulated. This proves that it is at least possible for external stimuli, distinct from our awareness or consciousness, to create the illusion of volition.
Originally posted by Buford2
Thanks for this thread. I have an uncle who has Dementia. He smiles everywhere he goes and he talks to his dog like it is a human. He also enjoys sweeping the floor and has no problem walking up to a stranger and talking with them like he has known them forever.
Originally posted by EthanT
Human consciousness is much more than mere brain activity
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How does the animated meat inside our heads produce the rich life of the mind? Why is it that when we reflect or meditate we have all manner of sensations and thoughts but never feel neurons firing? It's called the "hard problem", and it's a problem the physician, philosopher and author Raymond Tallis believes we have lost sight of – with potentially disastrous results.
Originally posted by TupacShakur
Human consciousness is nothing more than mere brain activity. Everything we do can be explained by a certain part of the brain having a different function than the next one, which in combination makes us the people we are, who think what we think, do what we do, say what we say, see what we see, etc.
Originally posted by laymanskeptic
OK kids. The solution to this "problem" - the "hard problem" (of David Chalmers), is so simple, you will find it hard to believe.