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  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan– #152

    “Will as order.

    To be quite honest, I need to think about that for a while; will and order strike me as two most heterogeneous things. I will think about that, however, and get back to you, if I can.

    Thanks.”

    Since you haven’t responded, I will try to clarify the issue by comparing my position with what I believe…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan #142

    It’s true that you didn’t say ‘the will of the universe’. I just inferred that when you said “Will actually is present in everything that exists ‘from the magnet and the crystal to Man’..” . But you didn’t respond to my main point which was that it seemed that what you referred to as ‘will’ was actually order.

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan #134

    I don’t think you’re nuts. I just think that you’re having a difficult time trying to figure out the experience of being alive.

    I have read what you have said about the ‘will’ and how the natural world works, and it sounds crazy when you use the word ‘will’ to explain it. There is a scientific principle that could explain it in a…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan #124

    I’m amazed that you would believe a story like that, and think that the will is not a product of the brain but actually the reverse. It sounds so mystical, like magical thinking. Maybe you didn’t mean it the way it sounds. Presumably you believe that wants or desires are a product of the brain.

    I think that ‘will’ can’t be separated…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan–

    I’ll try to explain my position.

    Chance occurance: I don’t necessarily mean an uncaused event, although there may be some. Mostly, it would be interactions of unrelated events or entities due only to their proximity in time and space. It could also be a spontaneous increase in entropy or breakdown of order in systems according to the 2nd…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan

    I could go on to explain that complex systems build themselves by emerging from the chance interaction of various components, but you would just say that nothing is random and that what happened is proof that it was the only thing that could have happened given the existing conditions. You believe this in spite of the contradictory belief…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan

    A causal web would be a network of events in space and time that play a role in causing something to happen. Even the effect can influence the outcome through feedback loops. What happens is determined by the environment, but the environment is determined by what happens. The flow of water in a river is determined by the banks of the river,…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan

    I didn’t say “determined and not determined”. I said “determined but not PRE-determined”, which you seemed to be saying when you said “determinism is not fatalism or pre-determinism” and “No! Not pre-destination. Determinism. Huge difference.”

    I thought that you may have been differentiating between your view of determinism and the view that…[Read more]

  • jimblake posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Dan
    What does it mean to say that something is determined but not predetermined? Are you saying that after something happens, it is theoretically possible to figure out what made it happen, but that something else still could have happened?
    If so, does that mean that there is an element of chance in bringing together the determining factors?