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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 30th, 2006, 10:09 AM
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Darn Fred, I was staring to think you had turned a corner and had decided to actually engage in a purposeful discussion on a topic. I can see now that you only go along as long as your beliefs are...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

OK - we might be getting somewhere with this.



Machines with emotional predilections? :confused:

You say: "But the rest of us sane adults . . . will often take other factors into account; ....
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 01:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Replying to my own post, in that post I said,

I would add that I suspect that what you describe as free-will (as best I can understand it) is some kind of intelligence or awareness that is...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 11:24 AM
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Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

OK - and your point is . . . ?

Margaret :confused:

On edit: I don't mean this post to be sarcastic. I really would like to know what it is about my premise - that we make behavior decisions...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 28th, 2006, 06:03 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

It must seem brilliant to you that you've come up with the clever tactic of using my description of how we make behavior decisions - to ridicle basically anything I say.

You seem to have missed...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 28th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

That whole paragraph is ambiguous, full of pseudo-scientific terms (primitive algorithmic subconscious neural mechanisms - conscious cognitive illusion?) and circular. It's as far from a useful...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 25th, 2006, 06:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

A few day's perspective can do wonders. I'm not really into this free-will debate myself. That's because I can't completely wrap my brain around some of the constructs that Tom and Alex seem to think...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 18th, 2006, 08:56 PM
Replies: 67
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

I invite the reader to observe the high emotion expressed in Fred's post. IMO - whenever this happens it is almost given that someone's strongest identity beliefs have been challenged and probably...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Possibly a major source of misunderstanding about my premise is that most people think of emotion as feelings, as something one notices. I believe that almost all the underlying emotions that...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 12:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Alex:

Yeeeeeessss.

Behavior has cause. Obvious, no? Emotion is what I propose as the functional cause of behavior. (That is my very broad definition of emotion.)

Our awareness of emotion...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 12th, 2006, 04:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,430
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Just a quick question. When I consider this free will debate, it always seems to me to come down to whether or not human behavior is due to natural mechanisms inside the human central nervous system...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 10th, 2006, 03:20 PM
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Tom said:
I offer this not in contradiction of what you say (as I understand where you are coming from, I think) but as a broader perspective in basic agreement. A different way to look at this is...
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