Absolutely mortifies me whenever I think about it long enough.
Here’s a snippet from Patrick Haggard’s review article published in Nature, December 2008:
Nevertheless, the experience of making a voluntary action is clearly different from that of an equivalent passive movement that is applied to the body: as Wittgenstein asked, “What is left over if I subtract the fact that my arm goes up from the fact that I raise my arm?” More importantly, the conscious intention to make an action seems to cause the action itself: we feel we have ‘free will.’ Most neuroscientists are suspicious of this idea, because it implies a “ghost in the machine.” Rather, both conscious intention and physical movement might be consequences of brain activity. Wegner, for example, has proposed that the human mind assumes a causal path from conscious intention to action in order to explain the correlation between them… . A more radical view suggests that conscious intention is not a bona fide mental state at all, but rather an inference that is retrospectively inserted into the stream of consciousness as the hypothetical cause of the physical movement of our bodies. This view receives support from studies of psychosis, in which experiences of intention are associated with unusual causal explanations of connections between events. (Emphasis added)
Life as one huge confabulation?
In a majorly procrastinatory mood — just saw this!
In answer, I go to Duke, but I’m not sure if I thrive at Duke, per se. It’s a strange school and a toxic environment for the students who haven’t yet learned how to navigate the culture here. (Lots and lots of bad press in the recent past; it’s not all true, but it’s not all false either.)
- KP: My roommate's boyfriend called me a square. That's just not accurate.
- KP: I'm a rhombus, at least.
- SL: why is kierkegaard dead?! :(
- CS: soren kierkegaard is dead because he was born nearly 198 years ago
- SL: i'm convinced he's my soulmate
- CS: i doubt it
- CS: would you enjoy a married life of:
- CS: 1) sitting around, experience despair
- CS: 2) walking around, experiencing despair
- CS: 3) having sex that felt like despair