Whence 'Free Will'?

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Sapolsky's new book, Determined: A Science of Life without Free Will, re-Kindled (so to speak) conversation with a friend (I'm looking at you, Gary) on Free Will. I'm often misunderstood on the subject I'll say again: it's not so much that i reject the idea of Free Will as I utterly don't understand where it comes from.

Of course I concede it feels lIke I'm free to choose vanilla vs chocolate, I'm just confused about how that choice is actually made. So, here I'll try to elaborate what i see as the core problem.

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Idiots are hard to find cvining

Coco: But idiots are hard to find, I should think.

Baron Philippe de La Tour-La Tour: Oh no, not in the scientific world.

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Banjo cvining

A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn't.

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Penis and a brain

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God gives us a penis and a brain, and only enough blood to run one at a time 

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Sweat

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Horses sweat. Men perspire. Women glow.


Lol, when I said something about a sweaty summer day.  I was glowing thru my t-shirt.

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Said to his daughter one sweaty summer day when she was "glowing" through her t-shirt 

Camus and chess cvining

I remembered how Albert Camus talks about the concept of resistance. The idea is that if you see that you cannot win, do everything in your power to resist. And that memory gave me the determination I needed.

Insignificant

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To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.

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Congress denounces "all forms" of socialism, which implies denouncing Social Security too

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The House yesterday by an overwhelming vote, including all Republicans and a majority of Democrats (328 for, 86 against, and 14 present), approved a resolution which, taken literally and to a logical conclusion, requires eliminating Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public roads, libraries and everything else supported by taxpayers for the common good.

The resolution cited a dozen whereases to justify denouncing socialism. Six of the twelve whereases cite atrocities, among the worst examples of man's inhumanity to man. They deserve to be denounced too. No question. And it's also true the perpetrators of said atrocities may objectively be described as socialists, and those perpetrators deserve to be denounced for those atrocities. No question. 

But the conclusion of the resolution denounces socialism "in all its forms" which is as stupid as blaming American atrocities (for example American slavery, American slaughter of native Americans, American inprisonment of US citizens of Japanese descent during WWII and so on) on democracy or capitalism. Americans too have committed atrocities. Not as bad as the mass murder of millions cited in the Resolution. I'm not equating atrocities, just pointing no ideology is a shield against inhumanity. 

Humans do inhuman things to each other all the freaking time, at the drop of a hat. Every nation, every society, every culture, with maybe an extraordinarily few exceptions. At first even Quakers owned slaves. Jains and the Amish are probably exceptions, but basically all our hands are red.

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Schroedinger on Quantum Mechanics cvining

I don't like it and I'm sorry I had anything to do with it.

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