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  1. Wow, Thanks for all the responses! Very interesting
  2. Hello again everyone! It's been a while. I've noticed that I tend to use different definitions than other people when arguing philosophy or theoretical topics. For example, I often drop by OL every few months with a topic on Free Will (as its something that bothers me often) however, earlier today, I realized that my definition of free will may be crippling my argument / the "successfulness" of the discussion. For example, today I realized how my definition probably differs from that of others: I can do many things, but don't. Most would say this means I have free will because I can. There
  3. Wow, I really like that. Thank you Brant. I may be over thinking it and at some point it is best to just be practical. Top-notch, Brant. I knew you could do it, if you moved to two-liners! Ouch! --Brant Lol, well, I'm serious. That was quite profound.
  4. Wow, I really like that. Thank you Brant. I may be over thinking it and at some point it is best to just be practical.
  5. I completely agree. Self-esteem is the result of achieving one's values, not the cause.
  6. Morten, I've come across the same discovery. My life is much better if I act as if I have free will. I think that is what we are supposed to think or else we couldn't function right. Theodore, I am not merely arguing that we don't have free will. I am arguing that free will is doesn't exist. It is a circular square, an impossibility. The idea that an action could be made without a cause is absurd. The cause is, yes, our value system. But our value system also has a cause, some obvious and some not so obvious. The easiest way to see that it does have a cause is by inspecting our biologi
  7. http://www.ted.com/talks/juan_enriquez_will_our_kids_be_a_different_species.html Juan Enriquez suggests that in the not so distant future, we may be able to not only clone humans but to transfer our memories into those cloned bodies, thus allowing us to live forever. However, even if we develop this technology I don't think it will work and here is why: I'm not spiritual so I don't believe in the spirit or the soul or anything like that, but I think that cloning oneself and transferring all your memories would only server to create a twin brother or sister, a copy of yourself, but not yoursel
  8. Hey everyone, I've been away for a while, very busy, but things have improved significantly for me. First off, I think the winter did quite a number on my spirits. So now that that is over I'm doing quite better. I got accepted to a technical college with a good scholarship and will be going there for Math. So things are looking up, -Jordan
  9. Hi Silvana, In my earlier post I made a distinction between making a choice, and having the free will to make any choice. My theory in it's most crude state explains that people are more likely to do certain actions (like eat breakfast) than they are to do others (like cut off ones fingers). This can be seen throughout society, it is an observable fact - that people tend to follow a particular set of general actions. However, I take it a bit further. I lost my belief in free will when I realized that I could determine the cause of any one of my actions - even complicated ones. Either expe
  10. Everyone, Thank you for the responses, I am absolutely slammed at the moment with work and school and I will make a well-thought out response just as soon as I can. Also, My real name isn't tied to this account so I don't think there is any possibility that what I say here could get me disqualified for a job. Anyway, in a few days when things slow down I will take some time to respond to you all, Thanks, Jordan
  11. Ah, so he is suggesting that purpose and intent exist as a byproduct of free will. Well, Google defines purpose as: "The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists." And defines reason as: "A cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event.". If one asked, "what is the purpose of life (in general, not just human life)?" One could argue that the purpose of life is to sustain and continue its processes. Anything that lives multiplies and reproduces, its one of the qualifiers that allows something to be labeled as "life". If something that does n
  12. Mike M., Thank you for the suggestions. I would be surprised if my problems were psychosomatic, but who knows? I go to a chiropractor/nutritionist who has helped me "keep it under control", but my problems aren't gone, just being managed. Out of curiosity, if it were psychosomatic, is there a way that I could tell for sure? A lot of my pain happens when I am not paying attention, which leads me to believe that it isn't. If it is, do you think that tai chi/yoga etc is a solution to psychosomatic pain. Thank you for the suggestions, Jordan
  13. Dennis, I think you are actually describing my point (please, correct me if I am wrong). I am suggesting that "an event" / "choice" is the products of the complex operation of our brain using the "value hierarchy" to focus. This focus is not a choice, but a preprogrammed action in order to support the values. Just as a spider will "freak out" and run around like crazy when it feels threatened, its focus leaves making the web or what ever it was doing to concentrate entirely on staying alive. I believe this example can be applied to almost any living animal. Is this what you mean by focus?