Craig Weinberg wrote: > > Here’s a little thought experiment about free will. Let’s say that > there exists a technology which will allow us to completely control > another person’s neurology. What if two people use this technology to > control each other? If one person started before the other, then they > could effectively ‘disarm’ the others control over them preemptively, > but what if they both began at the exact same time? Would one ‘win’ > control over the other somehow? Would either of them even be able to > try to win? How would they know if they were controlling the other or > being controlled to think they are controlling the other? > Complete control over anything is simply impossible. Control is just a feeling and not fundamental. The closest one can get to controlling the brain is to make it dysfunctional. It's a bit boring, but the most realistic answer is that both would fall unconscious, as that is the only result of exerting excessive control over a brain. It's the same result as if you try to totally control an ecosystem, or an economy. It'll destroy the natural order, as control is not a fundamental ordering principle.
It seems like you think of control or will as something fundamental, and I don't see any reason to assume that it is. Honestly I that we think that we have "free", independent will is just the arrogance of our ego that feels it has to have a fundamentally special place in the universe. That is not to say that we are predetermined by a material universe, rather control is just a phenomenon arising in consciousness like all other phenomena eg feelings and perceptions. benjayk -- View this message in context: http://old.nabble.com/The-Overlords-Gambit-tp32662974p32674925.html Sent from the Everything List mailing list archive at Nabble.com. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. 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.