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[xmca] Hello Other Brain, how are you?
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The pubic broadcaster in Oz, the ABC, is a great institution
really, and "All In The Mind" is one of my favourite
programs, but sometimes some of these guys really get under
my skin. Today they were interviewing Michael Gazzaniga, and
he started off the program talking about this strange
illusion we have that we think of each other as persons when
really we are just brains, a kind of quirky but conforting
The thing that intrigued me was when, about 20 minutes into
the interview, the ABC interviewer asked him: "What about
Free Will and personal responsibility?" and suddenly he
brought "society" into his 100% physiological picture. More
to say that personal responsibility (and therefore Free
Will) were concepts only relevant to society and really
nothing to do with brains, apologising like crazy for the
awful "dualism" which of course he is dead against - it is
*all* physiology after all.
I have a\observed that when John R Searle is confronted with
the problem of a natural biological system "appearing to"
enjoy free will, he resorts to quantum indeterminacy, which
to me is nothing more than a quick change of subject hoping
that you will forget the question and he can carry on.
Do people think that Free Will is in this sense the Achilles
Heel of neurodeterminism or neurological monoism, or
whatever you want to call it?
Andy Blunden http://www.erythrospress.com/
Classics in Activity Theory: Hegel, Leontyev, Meshcheryakov,
Ilyenkov $20 ea
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