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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 10th, 2006, 06:42 PM
Replies: 98
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
One more try.

Todd, After re-reading the two posts preceding my last one I realize I gave you a brain dump about narratives that became a comparison of ideological vs scientific narratives. I now see that was not...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 10th, 2006, 04:57 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Not a stake in the ground.

Hi Todd, This topic took me the longest to figure out what I really thought. But, here is my attempt at expressing it. It is not a stake in the ground in my case - since I find my thoughts on this...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 10th, 2006, 01:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Hi Todd, Re: Heritability of motivated cognition.

I suspect that we may inherit dispositions that could push us one way or the other. However, I suspect that environment plays an overwhelming role...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 9th, 2006, 10:57 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Thumbs down Re: A Free Will Challenge

Wow, a second post wherein you did not directly call me immoral. However, you have posed a question in a way that if you don't get the answer you want then you have implied that I would be...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 9th, 2006, 05:50 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Thanks for the relatively non-offensive post.

You said,
But, what you describe is just a different model that could (possibly) account for the same results.

I don't buy lottery tickets. I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 9th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Hi Todd, I have done the first read of your several interesting and thought provoking posts this morning. It will take me a while to consider them carefully enough to respond - but just know that...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 8th, 2006, 02:04 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

I think you posted this on the wrong part of the thread - but, that study I mentioned notes a high correlation across cultures with conservative ideology and one's inabilty to accept ambiguity in...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 8th, 2006, 11:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

I hesitate to provide a reasonable answer to a snarky insult, but for the benefit of others . .

Women have always chosen not to get pregnant. With few opportunities to procreate in life our...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 7th, 2006, 07:11 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

I think this makes a very strong argument in favor of my emotional decision-making computer theory.

The organisms that survive best are the ones that evolve the best decision-making mechanism -...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 7th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

There are many examples of committing suicide for survival reasons - reasons that assure the spread of one's DNA to future generations. All organisms die. We evolved to ensure the survival of our...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 7th, 2006, 06:30 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Todd, Thanks for taking the time to try to understand me. I am sure that any problem you have with that is mostly due to my inability to state it clearly enough. You've given me a good starting point...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 7th, 2006, 05:55 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

To all: I think these questions are so difficult because they are the product of our intellect which creates narratives to logically explain things (and also satisfy emotional needs that depend on...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 7th, 2006, 12:15 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Fred, I can't seem to get the forum search function to do my bidding but if I did fail to answer your first posting of this Monty Hall proposition, I'll do it now.

My proposition has nothing to do...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology March 6th, 2006, 05:33 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Hi. I just got back from a week skiing in Canada - with tired legs but pleased to find this thread still running strong. I'm at the library as my ISP is down at home so my posts may be sporadic for a...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 18th, 2006, 12:13 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Thumbs up Re: A Free Will Challenge

As Tom mentioned yesterday, these forum exchanges are a lot of fun. And this one about Free Will, after a lot of verbal combat seems to be reaching exhaustion - or maybe we are just gathering our...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 17th, 2006, 05:38 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

I notice that sometimes my meaning gets through better when I try to describe my emotions rather than my thoughts. And that feels soooo good! :)

Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 17th, 2006, 04:52 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

I believe there is objective truth, at least as far it exists for the purpose of defining the reality we inhabit - and that's a pretty important purpose. It all could be an illusion on some...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 17th, 2006, 04:16 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

My frustration that I can't seem to convey to you what I'm trying to convey. That was the closest icon available to what I was feeling.

These forum sessions make it difficult to convey complex...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 17th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

When I say "So, we are still entirely emotional decision-making creatures." . .

. . I am of course, referring to the decison process itself, which remains as the weighing of various emotional...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 17th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

I never said our intellectual conclusions don't affect our decisions. And in most decisions we make they have a great effect. Those would be the thousands of decisions we make every day (like solving...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 17th, 2006, 12:32 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Fred, This is my follow up to "downward causation". As I expected this is very interesting and relevant to the concept of free will. (Much more than your "similarity of behavior" hypothesis. ...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 16th, 2006, 10:05 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Hi Fred,

You are right that I have a belief that free will does not exist. Actually, I have a strong higher level identity belief that supernatural forces do not exist - and the free will you...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 16th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Fred, I was just getting ready to write this but saw your last post.

Despite the dismissive tone of my last post, I wanted to say that even though your reference to LeDoux doesn't rebut my...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 16th, 2006, 12:35 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Hi Tom,

Please don't concern yourself about me hanging around. I think Fred's last response illustrates very well my premise that our strong beliefs have far more power to determine how we see...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 16th, 2006, 12:25 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Fred, you said,




You seem to be suggesting that animals who exhibit the same behavior under similar conditions don't have free will.

Does this mean that if you could convince every male...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 15th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: A Free Will Challenge

Hi Tom, You said,



The key to this is that the emotional marker is what gets weighed, not the intellectual conclusion itself, which is the behavior choice under consideration and not an...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology February 15th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 55,564
Posted By Margaret McGhee
A Free Will Challenge

I have been quiet lately but following your interesting posts and trying to digest them. The concepts being discussed require some reflection.

But just to check in with some current observations...
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