Rex Allen wrote: > On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 2:30 PM, Flammarion<peterdjo...@yahoo.com> wrote: >>>> If you can't see into the future, you are going to have to >>>> make your mind up in the present >>> Assuming physicalism, my brain will make my mind up for me, >> Asssuming physcialism, your brain is you and not some external force >> pulling your strings > > > Let me put it this way: > > "Assuming physicalism, my brain will make my brain up for me." > > In other words, assuming physicalism, my brain will do what my brain > is going to do given that the state of the universe and the laws of > physics are what they are. > > Assuming physicalism, experience is just an acausal aspect of matter > and energy. There is no "me" except as a term of convenience for > particular configurations of matter and energy. > > Physicalism is based on the principle of sufficient reason, under > which nothing happens that isn't caused.
Quantum mechanics is probabilistic - many events are not caused in the sense of "sufficient reason". >The interactions of matter > and energy are apparently do not have special exceptions for > consciousness to influence how the system develops. So, under > physicalism there either is no consciousness (except as a term of > convenience), or consciousness is epiphenemonal...caused but acausal. > > I'll leave it to you to translate that into terms of "pulling strings". > > Indeterminism doesn't get you any further, Where are you trying to get? to an immortal soul? a ghost-in-the-machine? What's wrong with my mind is what my brain does? Brent >as it just inserts a > roll-of-the-dice element into the rules that govern (or describe) the > evolution of the system along its "time" dimension (whatever time is). > > > > --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---