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People think they are "in control" and have "free will" but actually we are limited to the laws of ecology just like any other species of life on Earth.
Originally posted by fulllotusqigong
By destroying neurons in the brain stem that inhibit movement during sleep, researchers found that sleeping cats rose up and attacked or were startled by invisible objects—ostensibly images from dreams.
But can we at least consider that an animals conciousness and mode of operation is simply different and not a lesser one?
Does that make them less human justifying thier death to make more room for those of us that are 'superior' to them?
Cognitive neuroscientist Anil Seth of the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, is impressed by the work, but also circumspect about what it says about free will. "It's a more satisfying mechanistic explanation of the readiness potential. But it doesn't bounce conscious free will suddenly back into the picture," he says. "Showing that one aspect of the Libet experiment can be open to interpretation does not mean that all arguments against conscious free will need to be ejected." According to Seth, when the volunteers in Libet's experiment said they felt an urge to act, that urge is an experience, similar to an experience of smell or taste. The new model is "opening the door towards a richer understanding of the neural basis of the conscious experience of volition", he says.
how does the brain decide to make a spontaneous movement? They looked to other decision-making scenarios for clues. Previous studies have shown that when we have to make a decision based on visual input, for example, assemblies of neurons start accumulating visual evidence in favour of the various possible outcomes. A decision is triggered when the evidence favouring one particular outcome becomes strong enough to tip its associated assembly of neurons across a threshold.
Originally posted by dontreally
Likewise, the animal experience is perfectly deducible to man, while the experience of man is alien to the knowledge of the animal.
Originally posted by jeantherapy
How can we be certain that animals don't create gods for themselves as well? They don't carve little totems, of course, to serve as evidence to us. But I will not say that animals are incapable of creating fictional scenarios in their heads, only that they are incapable of expressing them to us.
John Gray's 2002 book 'Straw Dogs' offers a profound assessment of what it means to be human, challenging our long-held assumptions about our place as humans in the hierarchy of life. The book was named among the top 100 Blackwell Books of the Decade so we invited John to come and discuss his bestselling book.