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Who Is The Self With a Will?

Last installment, we talked about how to find a gap in the causal chain from sensory input to motor output – a gap big enough for a non-mechanical self to insert its will. I suspect that there is none to be found, and I wanted to talk about some of the reasons I have this viewpoint. [...]

You Are Too Your Brain

This just popped up recently on my GR – You Are Not Your Brain, an interview with author Alva Noe. Pointed out are some good reasons for looking at self as not “just” your brain. That does not obviate the important ways in which, I think it is becoming inescapable, that your brain is [...]

Breaking the Causal Chain – Free Will

Picking up where we left off, we had bookmarked the experiential definition of free will (that which reduces to “the experience of choosing”) and ventured into the causal definition (a “self” is a unique cause of action).

Now, a little bit is known about the brain and nervous system. We know that certain neurons of the brain [...]

More Ruminations Over Free Will

Wow – I should have proofread this… Talk about scatterbrained… fixing it now…

I’ve been scratching my head over this stuff for a week now here on the bleg, but this and related questions have been coming up in my mind as long as I can remember. I’ve always in the past skirted the issue with [...]