Re: Against Physics

From: Brent Meeker <>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 11:37:34 -0700

Rex Allen wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 1:58 PM, Flammarion<> wrote:
>> On 09 Aug, 06:55, Rex Allen <> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 1:26 AM, Brent Meeker<> wrote:
>>>> If you suffer epileptic seizures seeing a neurosurgeon may offer considerable advantage.
>>> If that's what the future held for me, then that's exactly what I
>>> would do. Otherwise, I wouldn't do that, since it wouldn't be in my
>>> future.
>> 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, based on
> the initial conditions of the universe plus the laws of physics.
> Given those two things, my "choice" is a forgone conclusion.
> Assuming UDA/platonism...the same holds true. My experience of
> choosing exists eternally amongst the infinities of computational
> relations between all the numbers.
> Either way, there is only the epiphenomenal experience of making my
> mind up...not the actuality of doing so.

I'd say there was the epiphenomenal experience of making up your mind AND the actuality of
doing so. Your formulation divorces "you" from from everything and leaves "you" as a kind
of ghost.

"If you make yourself small enough you can avoid responsibility for everything."
        --- Daniel Dennett, in Elbow Room

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