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  1. Marvin Edwards

    How to Escape Causal Necessity

    "The best way to escape causal necessity is to fully embrace it. Once you see it everywhere, it disappears." MBE The notion of universal causal necessity is logically derived from the presumption that we live in a world of reliable cause and effect. There is nothing exotic about reliable...
  2. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Again, free will is a freely chosen will. The freedom is in the choosing. The issue is who or what is actually doing the choosing. You seem to keep imagining that free will has to do with some kind of free floating will that is outside of the string of causation. Is that what you think free...
  3. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Okay, then! Once we've taken the abstract notions of "causation", "determinism", and "necessity" off the table of "causal agents", we are indeed left with the actual physical objects and the forces between them that, together, are doing all of the causing in the universe. Now, we can observe...
  4. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    If it is causally determined that I must make a choice for myself, then I have no choice but to choose for myself what I will do. That is free will. If it is causally determined that a guy with a gun forces me to do what he chooses. Then my will is subject to his, and is not free. As always...
  5. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    All I can do with that is follow this wise man's advice:
  6. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    No. I'm not interested in arguments. I'm simply trying to keep the empirical facts clear. Yes, but they are not necessitated by any abstract notion of causation nor by any abstract notion of necessity. They are necessitated by real causes, you know, the actual interactions of real objects and...
  7. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    I wouldn't know a Wundt from a Bundt cake. I've read a little B.F. Skinner and probably some Watson many years ago. But my understanding is that modern methods like Albert Ellis's Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) take the most practical and direct approach and have the best success. I'm a William...
  8. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    I wouldn't know. I solved the paradox with a simple insight in the public library, without any help from Dennett. I was about 15 years old at the time, which would have made Daniel Dennett about 19, and he probably hadn't written any books on the subject at that age. The insight was that free...
  9. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    In many cases you are right. For example, here is the hard determinist's camp fire story: "Gather around the fire kids, and I'll tell you a scary story. There is a boogeyman in the woods with magical powers. By casting his spell, he turns children like you into zombies. He takes away your...
  10. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Psychoanalysis is based upon introspection. Neuroscience is a study of the brain's functioning as it relates to our thoughts and feelings, and other mental facilities. Well, no, neuroscience is not about determining what is "real" and what is "not real". It is about understanding how our...
  11. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    They simply confirm that the notion of the brain symbolically modeling reality is a common understanding in neuroscience. I'm not qualified to read Eagleman's experimental papers. But I do have three of his books, which help ordinary people like me understand the results of neuroscience...
  12. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Sorry, but no. A thief points a gun at you and says, "Stop, hand over your wallet!" Hasn't he constrained you from walking away? Hasn't he prevented you from spending your own money according to your own choices? Both his actions and yours, are causally necessary from any prior point in time...
  13. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    The model allows you to navigate your body through a doorway. There's the doorway. And there's you. When the model is accurate enough to be useful, we simply call it "reality", because the model is our only access to reality. When the model is inaccurate enough to create a problem, for example...
  14. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Determinism not only allows a "could have done otherwise", it necessitates it. All of mental events are equally necessitated. This includes our use of the notion of what we "can" do within a choosing operation. In a decision between A and B, it is logically necessary that "we can choose A" is...
  15. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Free will is when we decide for ourselves what we will do, while free of coercion and other forms of undue influence. 1. "Will" is our specific intent to do something. 2. "Deciding" what we will do is the mental operation by which the brain causally determines the will, especially when we...
  16. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    You are presuming that to be "realizable" requires that the option actually be realized. That's incorrect. An option may be realizable without ever being realized. For example, every option on a restaurant's menu is realizable. If someone selects that option, the chef has the ingredients and the...
  17. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    Then it is time for you to give us your definition of "free will", so we know specifically what you are arguing against.
  18. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    My impression is that the description of the state of the universe prior to the Big Bang corresponds closely to the description of black holes. In both cases we have a lot of stuff packed in a small space. If we presume we are in the middle of eternity (where else in time would we be?), then...
  19. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    That still sounds like a problem of prediction. (It sounds like you're saying that the outcome is unobservable). I'm not sure, but I think you're saying that all events are causally bounded, including random events. If that's the case then I agree. Both random and chaotic events are causally...
  20. Marvin Edwards

    Imagining "Indeterminism"

    It seems pretty clear. The person is faced with a decision, they consider their options and choose the one that seems best at that time. Neuroscience can help to explain what is going on inside the brain at each of these steps. But neuroscience never contradicts the fact that it is our own...
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