David Eagleman: The Brain and The Law
November 13, 2017
It’s still very much a work in progress trying to unravel the paradox of free will. There’s so many layers and contexts to consider. Yes we have free will of course, I CHOSE TO TYPE THESE WORDS RIGHT NOW, I ALSO CHOSE TO PAUSE FOR TEN SECONDS BEFORE TYPING THIS NEXT SPELING MISTAKE. I’m consciously aware in this present moment and can add a certain agency to what I’m doing.
However, there’s layers and contexts to consider that lead up to those free will choices I make. Moving on to explain… An Indian person will go through the same free will pattern as I just did to let’s say go to the Hindu Temple on any given day, A FREE WILL CHOICE. But can they step back to assess how they became believers in Hinduism in the first place? If that was a complete free will choice or to consider if the brain creates automated mind to associate with various appropriate cultural patterns that have built up over time and then contribute to each triggered surface, conscious free will choice? India has a majority estimated at 80% Hindu and another country being 95% Islam and another country 80% Catholic and so on, with what ever majority pattern they may all correlate with, for either religion, politics, or more trivial memes such as fashion trend and language patterns etc… Are where the birth of such patterns came from, why they became fixed into place and formed as majority patterns ever questioned? More often than not, no. If yes, then just from that questioning, proud association to majority affiliation would loosen and there would be much more diversity… India would not be 80% Hindu, Saudi Arabia not 95% proud Muslim and so on they would instead by a mix of hundreds of religions to choose from if any at all.
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