so glad to hear from you! Maybe we are using the word "free" in a
Let's turn your example upside down. What about the torturer?? One: can
a torturer stop the torture "at free will"? Also: is a torturer
responsible?? All of these are relevant to understand what we mean by
FREE will/ or freedom?? What can we "choose" to do, up to what degree of
"freedom" or, is EVERYTHING we do determined by forces outside of our
ability to control or maybe even to understand?
Judith Vera Diamondstone wrote:
> Thinking has some force to it, Ana, but it is not free will.
> Think, if you will, of individuals under torture. That's the thought experiment I apply to such questions. Some "break"; some don't. No one thinks their way out of the torture that's inflicted. Do you think the ones who don't break exercise free will?
> I would say they exercise constraints they have practiced in other situations in the past, & they have learned to read the conditions in such a way that 'not-breaking' is desirable.
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> I think that Luria was not right in that and that people-kind proved
> many times that "a shadow can carry stones" indeed.
> In fact I think that our whole science (social sciences) exists because
> we believe that thinking (shadow) has some force in it.
> Don't you think?
> Mike Cole wrote:
>> I believe the issue was constraints and free will, donna and don. Sorry for
>> the distraction of too many words.
>> These were the one's I was focused on. If you are interested in persuing the
>> issue beyond snuffing it, lets.
>> Are constraints a way of avoiding the issue of free will? And will? Luria
>> "Many observations support our view that the consideration of the voluntary
>> act as accomplished by "will-power" is a myth and that the human cannot by
>> direct force control his behavior any more than "a shadow can carry stones".
>> On 4/21/06, Russell, Donna L <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> Hi Don
>>> --for more word fun--
>>> " When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said,
>>> "It means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less."
>>> "The question is, said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many
>>> "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty,
>>> "which is to be the master--that's all."
>>> Lewis Carroll
>>> THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
>>> Donna L. Russell, Ph.D.
>>> Assistant Professor
>>> Instructional Technology
>>> Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
>>> School of Education
>>> University of Missouri-Kansas City
>>> (email) email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> (website) http://r.web.umkc.edu/russelldl/ <
>>> "Quasi-Bedurfnisse" is the sound I make when I sneeze. But I love
>>> learning new words!
>>> Don Cunningham
>>> Indiana University
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