Monday, January 28, 2013
|free will: having the option to do whatever you want|
joshuatj said on January 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM
"It is our genes that determine our interests, our likes and dislikes and that in turn would affect what we want in the world."
Hmmm... the last time I read on this topic, I remember reading about the plasticity of our human brain. Also assuming that our genes indeed has some kind of effect on our interest, I think it was mentioned that it is more like a propensity of sort rather than it being deterministic. Meaning if we indeed travel back in time, there is a high chance that we might have the same interest. But that doesn't mean that it is impossible (0% probability) to have a different interest altogether.
Danial Ikhwan Jaafar said on January 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Hmm interesting, kinda reminds me of the Assassin's Creed. I mean the part about genetic memory though i reckon it's different from what you are saying here. Anyway, i am looking forward to the next part of this topic. have a good day.
Vincent Chin said on January 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Philosophically, freedom is an illusion. The birds of the sky soar and we say they are free, but even the birds can only fly as high as their wings and bring them. The fishes of the sea can swim the vast ocean depths but they too, are bound in the water because of their gills. The train is constrained to the tracks, do we then say that it has no freedom? No, the train can only move in its' track and only then it will be 'free'.
Your professor is right about choices and decisions being an illusion. The fish can choose to jump off the water onto the land, its a valid choice but a deadly one. When you drive a car you are also given a choice to drive anyway you like but you are still constrained to the road. Once again the illusion of choice is present.
True freedom is not 'power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate' or the ability to do anything we want. Whether we like it or not, there will always be constraints. True freedom is the ability to be able to choose 'the right restrictions' and being able to live with it.