John Halley (d_h_belmont) wrote in wise_tits,
John Halley
d_h_belmont
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Human Consciousness (Free Will?)

We have the capacity to memorize things; our brain stores visual and audio stimulus.
We have the capacity to learn technical skills.
We have the ability to respond to stimulus...

But does everything we're capable of doing really give us "free will", or are all our actions the result of stimulus combined with programming forged by our memories and experiences?

Even something as simple as deciding whether or not you want a Pepsi or a Mountain Dew doesn't seem to be a "free choice". All the memories of having both drinks, combined with current mood and hunger levels, and countless pieces of stimulus would seem to push us into making a choice. Even an "on the whim" decision seems predetermined. Suppose I suddenly get a Diet Pepsi even though I don't like it. Taking into account the bland repetitive selctions of food available with a short selection of soft drinks available combined with a general feeling of restlessness and a desire for some sort of change, and then taking into account personality type, which was forged through a balance of genetics and a lifetime of experience, would seem to push me into making that decision into choosing that drink.

If someone calls you a "faggot", does your brain not light up all the mental connections your brain has with that word, it's definition, images of obnoxiously flamboyant men, past experiences of altercations where the word was uttered a few times, and with such an offensive remark, doesn't it go so far as to get the "flight or fight" mechanism ready to go?

I view our brains as little more than very complex computers, taking in countless stimulus 24 hours a day, processing it by running it through the collection of memories, skills, mentalities, and so forth, and producing a proper "if situation 'A' occurs, go with action 'B'" response to a situation much like the way a video game works, except with a near infinite number of "if, then" lines programmed in us, with an infinite amount of new lines to be programmed by the stimulus we bring in. Some might view that as a very depressing outlook on existance, but it really doesn't change anything.
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