anthony Posted February 16, 2011 Share Posted February 16, 2011 Xray, I think you start from a presupposition and use whatever terminology seems to you to support your presupposition and that you haven't a clue what "hardwiring" of the brain would mean in brain structure or how "hardwiring" would evolve. (I don't use the "hardwiring" metaphor unless I'm speaking carelessly or, as in this case, posing a taunting comment. I think it's a pernicious metaphor which is in fashion at this time and unfortunately is used even by biologists and neurologists who ought to know better, but which won't remain in use as better knowledge of brain evolution is acquired.)Bingo. Do you think Xray knows anything about neuroplasticity? "Hardwired" implies or suggests no changes or alternatives.Neural plasticity goes a long way to explaining a biological basis for self-determinism. I think it's wonderful when science catches up with what we already, inductively,'know'.My self-illustration for volition has often been "opening one of 100 doors, to find another 100 behind it; and choosing, repeatedly, from another 100, and so on."No one choice is definitive - except the choice to open a door in the first place, ie, to choose life. But the culmination of those decisions is definitive. Essentially mapping your own course.If no one has read it yet, I recommend studiodekadent's essay, Alienation: The Human Condition, (in the Articles section).There appears to be - what he calls -"Denial", or, "Damnation", from a couple of posters, here!Tony Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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