A number of reasons have been offered as to why we don’t have free will. Or why free will is an illusion or delusion depending on how charitable you wish to be.
Let’s start with what you experience through the sense. Ask yourself with each of your senses is do you have the ability to override what you experience through your senses?
Sounds. The tenant in the unit above you is playing heavy metal music at 2.00 a.m. If you had free will, then you could choose to make the noise disappear. You’d have the power not to hear it.
I’ve always thought the string of words: past, present and future invited a misleading symmetry. The three time frames create the illusion of equal billing on the marquee of our life, reality and universe. A moment’s reflection reveals the falsity of anything approaching equal measurements. That is common sense. We know different frames produce wildly different durations.
What is the time frame of the past? We have scientific evidence is approximately 13.8 billion light years. That is an Incomprehensible long period of time. Time had a beginning. We can time travel inside our mind through movies, books, songs and art…
A Post-Foragers Report
For 200,000 years around a million of our ancestors roamed the planet as hunters and foragers. We were highly mobile. We were nomads who moved on average 6 times a year in search of food, water, and shelter. * Seeking accurate and detailed information about our environment was vital to survival. Sources of game, water, nuts, fruit, mushrooms, fish made detailed knowledge of habitat an essential feature of life. Ecology information allowed us to predict resource availability and difficulty or ease of access. …
Be mindful of the script in your mind. Who was the author? Who is updating your script right under your nose? That’s the life of taking a blue pill. You don’t need to worry about such questions. You dine on that juicy steak cooked just like you want it. Veiling allows for such a soft, cushy way to drift through life. Until someone shows you how a green screen works in the movies and you start to understand how movies are made, including the one projected in your mind. Now.
The Red Pill Metaphor
I enjoyed this list. I host Book Talk Conversations: Decoding the mind of Original Thinkers. We discuss the books from childhood that shaped their worldview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76EbegEEB0Y
Mapping Vincent Calvino’s World
There is a beautiful quote from Jorge Luis Borges that like a song you can’t get out of your head, haunts me: “A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” ― Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories
Gore Vidal and Christopher G. Moore Oriental Hotel 1993
Most people have experienced enchantment. It’s a moment in time when you find a sense of wonder and beauty in something much larger than yourself, but includes you, and this enlargement of self gives us a subjective sense of bliss and joy. Given that payoff, you would think enchantment is sought after.
But when you look at a bar graph charting the use of the word ‘enchantment’ you discover a steady, long decline over the past 200 years. If it isn’t in the vocabulary, then enchantment is just another of those terms we no longer much think about. If you’d…
A Letter to my Friend Luciano
Chopin Mazurka Op.17 №4 Horowitz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmLvpJySb50
A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death
Thank you, Luciano for sending me these two links.
The Chopin Mazurka Op.17 №4 Horowitz was sublime. To be listened to both before and after the video on the Meaning of Life.
The video chronicles the last months of Herbert Fingarette’s long life. The retired professor’s final months have been viewed by over 2 million people over the course of just one year. …
Space isn’t a thing; it’s a dimension where a system of objects, motion, behavior arise and fall, in a fragile balance between creation and destruction. We live in space and space moves through us. It is the place where we tell stories. We narrate our passage and read, hear or view the narration of others. We are all cartographers mapping a territory, exchanging maps with other travelers on the road. Next time you are entertained by a story, ask yourself: where in this vast thing we call space is it located? Are the locations and descriptions sketchy or detailed; a…