You are not to responsible for your actions

Even if consciousness is proven to be outside the brain (which I doubt it is), it says nothing about free will. Consciousness in this case is still confined to the natural world and your choices are ultimately determined by the laws of nature. Your conscious activity is due to the laws of physics.

In order to show that the universe is not deterministic and that choices are not the result of natural law, you must show consciousness to be supernatural. It must be outside the natural world itself, not just the brain. Until that is proven, we have good evidence to credit the laws of nature for the condition of the universe.

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  2 comments for “You are not to responsible for your actions

  1. eyeontheuniverse
    July 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Assuming that the laws of nature are deterministic. However, at this point the only realistic options are deterministic and probabilistic, so there isn’t much to add that would allow in concepts of blame – or praise. I would go a step further and say that it isn’t that you aren’t to blame, but that the whole concept is faulty. And yet at a societal level praise and blame are useful, and I don’t think have to rest on assumed lies. When I think of them I attribute praise and blame to “significant conscious causal agents”, or occasionally non-conscious (leaving panexperientialism aside for now).

    • July 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      I absolutely agree. In this view things like pride and shame are obsolete, but the processes they describe make them useful

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