Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 13


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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 13

This is the thirteenth of a series of posts where I will be sharing the transcripts of George Ortega’s show which he has so generously made available on his website.

I will share both the link and copy the text as well. This is convenient for those who subscribe to my blog by email. You can read without visiting the site, but I highly encourage you to visit the link and see what else George has on his website.

http://causalconsciousness.com/Episode%20Transcripts/13.%20%20Overcoming%20Blame,%20Guilt,%20Envy%20and%20Arrogance%20by%20Overcoming%20the%20Illusion%20of%20Free%20Will.htm

Episode 13. Overcoming Blame, Guilt, Envy and Arrogance by Overcoming the Illusion of Free Will

Let’ talk about overcoming blame, guilt, envy and arrogance by overcoming the illusion of free will. When we believe we have a free will, we hold each other and ourselves accountable. To the extent that we can overcome this illusion, we will not blame each other, feel guilty…

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The unconscious operations that refute Free Will


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The unconscious operations that refute Free Will

Aside from determinism, there are things about us that we are either not conscious of or have no ability to consciously control. Psychologists know a lot more about the part of the mind known as the unconscious or subconscious.

As an average dude, I can give a few examples of things that show me I am not able to think the thoughts I want or to do with my body as I wish. I often have songs in my head that I hear just as if the song was playing on my computer or ipod. I absolutely know which movie or video game that the song comes from but why exactly that song rather than another?

While I am pushing carts at my job, I sometimes hear the Flying Battery Zone song from Sonic & Knuckles that I used to play on Sega…

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Why forgetfulness does not allow Free Will


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Why forgetfulness does not allow Free Will

Aside from the observation that we do not choose what we are taught by our parents, teachers, or religious leaders, there is also the problem of not being able to remember it all. If you haven’t learned something, obviously it has no effect on your decisions. If you forget it, the same is also true.

Think about it? Why can’t we store everything in our memory in the same way we can store files on the hard drive of a computer? With that kind of ability, reading a book once would allow us to quote it word for word any time we needed to? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? We would never need to write anything down or type it into a computer except for the purpose of communicating it to other people.

But what about the flip side of memory? Why can’t we…

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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 11


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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 11

This is the eleventh of a series of posts where I will be sharing the transcripts of George Ortega’s show which he has so generously made available on his website.

I will share both the link and copy the text as well. This is convenient for those who subscribe to my blog by email. You can read without visiting the site, but I highly encourage you to visit the link and see what else George has on his website.

http://causalconsciousness.com/Episode%20Transcripts/11.%20%20The%20Absurdity%20of%20Varying%20Degrees%20of%20Free%20Will.htm

Episode 11. The Absurdity of Varying Degrees of Free Will

Let’s consider the absurdity of the claim that we humans have varying degrees of free will. Some philosophers and psychologists assert that while we may not have a completely free will, we have a free will in certain respects. We’ll be exploring that assertion.

Before we do that, I want to go through…

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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 10


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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 10

This is the tenth of a series of posts where I will be sharing the transcripts of George Ortega’s show which he has so generously made available on his website.

I will share both the link and copy the text as well. This is convenient for those who subscribe to my blog by email. You can read without visiting the site, but I highly encourage you to visit the link and see what else George has on his website.

http://causalconsciousness.com/Episode%20Transcripts/10.%20%20Why%20Change%20as%20the%20Basic%20Universal%20Process%20Makes%20Free%20Will%20Impossible.htm

Episode 10. Why Change as the Basic Universal Process Makes Free Will Impossible

Our civilization, and mindset, and personal lives are all founded on this notion that we human beings can freely choose whatever we want – that we have a free will. The problem is that we don’t, and apart from our seeing reality completely contrary to the way it is, our…

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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 9


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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 9

This is the eighth of a series of posts where I will be sharing the transcripts of George Ortega’s show which he has so generously made available on his website.

I will share both the link and copy the text as well. This is convenient for those who subscribe to my blog by email. You can read without visiting the site, but I highly encourage you to visit the link and see what else George has on his website.

http://causalconsciousness.com/Episode%20Transcripts/9.%20%20Overcoming%20Our%20Reluctance%20to%20Overcome%20the%20Illusion%20of%20Free%20Will.htm

Episode 9. Overcoming Our Reluctance to Overcome the Illusion of Free Will

Let’s work on overcoming our reluctance to overcome the illusion of free will. Often, we’ll understand the logic and reason of why we don’t have a free will, but we enjoy having a free will. It’s something we’re preconditioned to like; it is not our choice. We’re hedonic creatures, and we’re…

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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 8


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Exploring the Illusion of Free Will 8

This is the eighth of a series of posts where I will be sharing the transcripts of George Ortega’s show which he has so generously made available on his website.

I will share both the link and copy the text as well. This is convenient for those who subscribe to my blog by email. You can read without visiting the site, but I highly encourage you to visit the link and see what else George has on his website.

http://causalconsciousness.com/Episode%20Transcripts/8.%20%20Asking%20When%20a%20Child%20Gains%20it%20Illuminates%20the%20Incoherence%20of%20the%20Concept%20of%20Free%20Will.htm

Episode 8. Asking When a Child Gains it Illuminates the Incoherence of the Concept “Free Will”

Asking when a child gains it illuminates the incoherence of the concept of free will. Before we go into this, I just want to briefly review why this matter of human will — this question of whether it is causal or free — is important. Naturally, our…

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