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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:13 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

I am asking about consciousness when it first evolved into existence. At some point in the evolutionary process some subset of organisms had the right gene combination to have the first subjective experience, the first experience of [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:08 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

Philosophical contradictions aren't as important to me as the biological evidence. Most of what I see coming out these days as models of behavior make a point in noting that identical inputs can give rise to multiple but nonrandom output [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 9:34 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

But feel free to explain how one gets from a species with no members that are conscious to the situation where all members are conscious without going through an intermediate stage when only some members are conscious.

Easy. The [more]

Wed Feb 10

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 12:50 PM

Re: a more empirical thread

You should try empiricism.

I do. That's why I provided examples of things that are deterministic but not usefully predictable.

Go back to the y{n+1}=r*y{n}*(1-y{n}). That equation is the deterministic organism for whom this [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 12:46 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

Suppose only two factors are involved in making a decision, emotion and reason.

OK. The 2 factors that are involved in making a decision are emotion and reason. Given exactly specified emotions and exactly specified reasons for [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 8:29 AM

Re: a more empirical thread

At some point a mutational event occurred in an individual such that the progeny of that individual were able to have subjective experiences, i.e., achieve some level of consciousness, while the rest of the species remained [more]

Tue Feb 9

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 7:22 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

Lets simplify this to make it easier for you.

OK.

Consider the conscious mind as a single irreducible entity. It is faced with a choice and is undecided.

Single irreducible entity....that depends on what [more]

Sun Feb 7

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 3:00 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

That is because you added the clause "...could not have chosen otherwise..." Given this clause, there is no choice. In the absence of choice, there can be no free will.

Right. So don't say that the conscious mind [more]

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benjd25 replied to the 77's Foolish House of Pigskin board. 10:27 AM

Re: Predictions

I'll Denver plus the points.

Fri Feb 5

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 1:28 AM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

>In the contradictory mix that is your version of free will, it is the outcomes that are determined by the conscious mind and it is also the outcomes that are undetermined.

Nope, in my version the outcome is determined by the [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 5:36 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

"...free will is the notion of an integrated system that can act autonomously...it can act and react based on its internal states and goals."

...Consciousness and the subjective world are not caused by the physical, they ARE [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 1:37 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

Why is it nonsensical and trivial to know the behavioral consequences of being self-aware? How can that not have implications?

Well, for the most part, only dualists think that you can have self awareness without behavioral [more]

Tue Feb 2

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benjd25 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 5:07 PM

Re: Bernie vs Hillary

Interesting - then what do you believe accounted for the very strong levels of support he received from progressive groups, who worked very hard in the primaries to try to have him be the nominee instead of Hillary?

I have no idea.

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benjd25 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 3:27 PM

Re: Bernie vs Hillary

>I think a strong and straight-talking left-of-center nominee might help people reconsider their political allegiance.

Would you consider Barack Obama to have been such a nominee?

Absolutely not. His positions were [more]

Mon Feb 1

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 7:33 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

Not sure what that has to do with the real world unless you are suggesting that all real life examples of spontaneous activity (or at least the one I linked) are described by similar equations. Is that your point?

The point is that [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 11:23 AM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

> It's not a scientific question.

And therein lies the difference. You treat "free will" as a formalism and only consider the philosophical context. I am looking at free will as a biological property, trying to provide an [more]

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 4:06 AM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

I don’t see the contradiction and frankly I don’t believe most of the scientific community does either.

It's not a scientific question. It's a question of logic and being coherent and explicit about what you're saying. That's why [more]

Sat Jan 30

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 1:44 PM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

Here is the cartoon with the caption and attribution:

http://star.psy.ohio-state.edu/coglab/Miracle.html

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benjd25 replied to the Creation vs. Evolution board. 7:06 AM

Re: Poll: Free will experiment

Exactly. But until those subjective thoughts make the decision, nothing is determined. SoM-0.9 is the transition state from undetermined to determined.

Progress! So:

This will involve you invoking the root contradiction [more]

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