My intuition doesn't tell me whether or not I would have a 'feeling' of
free will if I were aware of my subconscious decision processes; but it's
pretty clear that I could be completely un-conscious and still behave with
'free will'; whatever it is.
What if your subconscious decision processes became known to you *after*
you had made your decision and 'felt' that free will. Would you feel
something different then?
"The human mind did not evolve in order to create a race of
philosophers or scientists"
On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, Charles Goodwin wrote:
> It seems unlikely that it could be otherwise. Presumably the impulse to make a
>decision has to originate from a lower level,
> assuming that consciousness is supported by layers of unconscious processing?
>However the decisions in question were to do with when
> to perform a simple action - pressing a key, or something similar. What about
>conscious decisions that are arrived at by evaluating
> evidence, weighing possibilities, etc? Presumably they are also supported by
>unconscious layers which know how to evaluate evidence
> etc... Surely the feeling of free will comes from us not being aware of these
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Brent Meeker [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Wednesday, 24 October 2001 9:34 a.m.
> > To: rwas
> > Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > Subject: Re: ODP: Free will/consciousness/ineffability
> > Whatever free will is, it is very doubtful that it depends on
> > consciousness. See Daniel Dennett's dicussion of the Grey
> > Walter carousel
> > experiment. This experiment shows (although there is a
> > little ambiguity
> > left) that free will decisions occure *before* on is
> > conscious of them.
> > Brent Meeker
> > The freedom of the will consists in the fact that future
> > actions cannot
> > be known now.
> > --- Ludwig Wittgenstein