Freewill (again)

You have noticed there is a dearth of content here for a while now. I don’t know who to blame for this but I know it ain’t me. So I thought I could lighten matters here a bit by asking a few questions.

For those who believe we have freewill, how do you define it?

When men go to war as soldiers, do the rank and file have freewill or is it the generals who have it? And to what extent can we say the soldier acted on his own freewill? I am aware of the recommendations arising from the Nazi trials where it was agreed among other things that people must own their mistakes and cannot hide behind a chain of command.

A person who was born well and became mental, at what point did they lose their freewill? Do they get it back if they were to get well?

When do children begin to have it?

On free will

It is possible that I have shared this link before but I will share it again because it deals with one of those topics in which I have a very keen interest in especially as what it would mean to our legal systems to finally admit that there is no freedom of the will. What has piqued my interest today is

a weaker belief in free will correlates with poor academic performance.

and

Believing that free will is an illusion has been shown to make people less creative, more likely to conform, less willing to learn from their mistakes, and less grateful toward one another. In every regard, it seems, when we embrace determinism, we indulge our dark side.

which made me ask myself if this is really the case. I have no belief in the existence of freedom of the will and i find these findings don’t reflect my position. I know. Statistics and all. But I know there are a majority of my readers who are freewill skeptics. How do you judge yourselves? Poor academic performers? Lack creativity- Jeff I am lookin’ at ya?

I will conclude as Tolstoy does in War and Peace

It was necessary to renounce the consciousness of an unreal immobility in space and to recognize a motion we did not feel; in the present case it is similarly necessary to renounce a freedom that does not exist and to recognize a dependence of which we are not conscious.

Tolstoy, War and Peace

Have a freewill free day.

It is my birthday month

And as we come to the end of this terrible year that saw the death not only of so many loved ones but also of dreams, we can all find something to bring cheer to our enemies and friends.

Now it is my birthday month. My birthday falling on the 25th & if you have been wondering what to gift this host whose posts are always so random that no order or rhyme can be made of them, I have ideas. You could start by a year subscription for strava or deezer (music they say is soul food), write me mail or call me. The opportunities are endless!

Good day everyone and may the gifts rain. Santa should be busy😀