That wasn't a fart.... What I can't simply wrap my head around is whether or not I truly care. It's not to say that without free will I'd be upset, since right
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That wasn't a fart...

What I can't simply wrap my head around is whether or not I truly care. It's not to say that without free will I'd be upset, since right now I'm content with my life. The notion that I'm not in control of my own beliefs, however, is troubling, having already society, government, and parental guidance to thank for most of what I think or do. If I think so, then I am. If I want to believe that masturbating to a picture of my mom when she was younger is my atomic makeup's fault, then maybe I'll sleep better tonight. Then again, if I'm donating to a children's foundation bent on curing cancer, who do I have to thank there? In the grand scheme of things, I'm probably gonna die with four kids in the suburbs and a clean cut lawn. As to whoever made the decision for me to drink the pain away - I thank them wholeheartedly.

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#6 - croc (11/06/2013) [-]
Individually it's probabilistic. Collectively, well also probabilistic. It's just that collectively the chances of something "else" happening (e.g. one walking through the door) are astronomically low. Thus physical phenomena can be predicted to a reasonable degree of accuracy if taken on a large enough scale. It might not be possible to know the precise position of an electron at any given time, but it sure is possible to know the precise position of my dick. Individual and collective behavior is obviously related but also differs. Welcome to quantum mechanics.
User avatar #18 - ncg (11/07/2013) [-]
That's called the fallacy of division/composition. If all the pieces of pie are wedge shaped, that doesn't mean they came from a wedge-shaped pie. If every binary number is either a 1 or a 0, that doesn't mean everything a computer does is a 1 or a 0. And if atoms and particles are probabilistic, that doesn't mean that everything made of atoms and particles are probabilistic.

Another example: Mice are small, furry, and will walk towards cheese. But my mouse-powered death-robot isn't.
User avatar #21 - MrMustacho ONLINE (11/07/2013) [-]
if the illusion is strong enough does reality really matter?
#23 - lifeiscool **User deleted account** (11/07/2013) [-]
It's like a movie you only get to watch once. You have no idea what will happen next, but you don't mind. You enjoy it. It's like reading a book while it's being written.
#20 - slackerbro (11/07/2013) [-]
Look up "uncertainty principle".
User avatar #11 - spearpwi (11/06/2013) [+] (3 replies)
No one can really deny that the way we're made, bought up and who we know directly affects how we view life which, in turn, directs the actions that we take and our view points on life. We all have our own ways of thinking, making decisions and reacting to stimuli, but it's almost as if these ways our programmed in to our heads. Sure, there are choices, but I sure as hell don't have true free will...I'm not even sure I want free will.
User avatar #7 - teranin ONLINE (11/06/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Nothing ever touches anything, either, but you can still touch something.

This kind of question compares the macro to the quantum, which are generally untennable concepts in the abstract.
User avatar #4 - karlthemarxist **User deleted account** (11/06/2013) [+] (3 replies)
*Our Minds are
User avatar #1 - crazyolitis (11/06/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Maybe you can choose what ways begin and which not?
User avatar #22 - greatbear (11/07/2013) [-]
Since everything is CONCIOUS energy (god)
User avatar #9 - revengeforfreeze (11/06/2013) [-]
Free will is simply an illusion

Sam Harris on "Free Will" Watch Sam Harris
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