a reply to: Serdgiam
Lets look into a decision, with a step-by-step approach:
1) Observe current situation
2) Predict the outcome of current trajectory and plan alternate trajectories
4) Change trajectory
5) Arrive at different destination
1) To observe ones situation, one does not need to have choice, so, something that is aware, can easily observe its surroundings, provided it has
2) To predict the outcome of current trajectory means that one can see into the future or estimate the future, this requires a mechanism, such as the
brain. The brain can predict that if one continues their path, they will end up in a specific area - for example, a pool player can see where the ball
would go depending on how he strikes it - to do this, he has to calculate the trajectories of the ball. In order to do this, the brain must be
connected to the surrounding environment, the brain can thus apply the innate laws of physics to its observation and make determinations.
To recap now, one needs senses, and a mechanism to predict outcomes in the environment, such as a brain, that is connected to the environment by its
understanding of the innate laws - physics for example
3) In order to choose, one can see that to continue current trajectory they will end up in destination A, and to make a prediction and plan an
alternate outcome, they end up in location B. In order to choose between A or B one needs to have a sense of purpose - this requires a construct such
as the "self" or the "ego" that is capable of feeling desires. Thus, one desires choice B so they choose it and change their path
To recap again - senses, calculation mechanism (brain), self-construct.
4) In order to change trajectory, the individual must have a link between their desires, and the mechanism of the brain that allows for the control of
movement, this interface allows the "self" to control the "brain" as per its identification with the activities that occur in the brain - and this,
is, of course, the mind, as we can define it.
Senses, calculation mechanism (brain), self-construct, self-brain interface (mind).
5) Arriving at the alternate destination, one must also realise that they have made a choice, in order for the cycle to be complete, in order for this
to happen, memory is required - one remembers that they chose B instead of A and thus they know why they are at a different location. If you could not
remember what you chose, you would not realise that you have made a choice, and this is crucial.
Lastly - Senses, calculation mechanism (brain), self-construct, self-brain interface (mind), recording mechanism (memory).
So, you need to have senses, a brain, a mind, an ego, and memory in order to choose.
edit on 24-10-2014 by SystemResistor because: (no reason given)
edit on 24-10-2014 by SystemResistor because: (no reason