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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 7th, 2006, 10:55 AM
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Todd, I've had to think about your last two posts for a while. Written words are the most difficult medium with which to bridge belief catagories. Trying to imagine what the other person sees from...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 5th, 2006, 04:34 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Thanks, Todd. Your posts are like a fresh breeze coming in from the ocean. I am not claiming in any way that you agree with me or vice versa. I appreciate your clear focus on the complex ideas we are...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 4th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

I don't see the imbalance here.

Examples from either side would make my point. Today's political examples are best exemplified by Tom DeLay and Bill Frist and Carl Rove.

Today's best academic...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 4th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Replies: 85
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

In my last post I said that, Before moving on I'd like to focus briefly on one of the more important implications of this - politics.

First, I will admit that I am generally liberal politically....
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 4th, 2006, 10:37 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Some thoughts about intellect in decision-making.

I have already stated my basic premise that human decison-making results from the summation of emotional forces from various sources in the brain. I listed those sources as - instincts, memories of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 3rd, 2006, 09:19 PM
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Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Tom, I had to go do some errands this afternoon but couldn't get this thing out of my mind. I still find your comment a bit cryptic - the sentence,

Maybe you can clear that up for me if you still...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 3rd, 2006, 04:12 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Tom, this is getting more interesting than I first suspected. I see your point. When you say

That's a good observation. Now that you made me think about it I would say that's how social pressure...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 3rd, 2006, 03:22 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Well Tom, you may be right - but I suspect that if I was in that situation I would assume the test was to see who was more susceptible to optical illusions. If it seemed easy to me I would just think...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 3rd, 2006, 03:07 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Yesterday I said,

A closer look at that study provides useful insight. The authors stated that

What the study actually showed was that my hypothesis is probably correct - that behavior choice...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 3rd, 2006, 12:40 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Carey, I feel fairly certain he was referring to the conventional wisdom that I am opposed to. If you read the rest of that paragraph I find almost perfect agreement with several of my previous...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 3rd, 2006, 12:22 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Carey, I keep trying to respect your admonitions but we are talking past each other. I have definitely not dodged either you or Todd.

You seem to prefer a discussion where each of us says, "I'm...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 2nd, 2006, 06:23 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Carey said,

Yes, and that was a full 20 years or so after he first started thinking about the ideas that resulted in that concept and his book. I first started thinking about the ideas that have...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 2nd, 2006, 11:57 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Again, I appreciate your comments on this. I am reminded that evolution itself was only a hunch supported by observations that seemed to fit a conceptual model for almost one hundred years - before...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 1st, 2006, 10:58 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Carey, First, thanks for bringing this thread back on track. You have presented these critiques before and I did not deny them. In fact, I have been working on an answer to them and I'm not finding...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 1st, 2006, 08:43 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

While I deplore admonitions to read one's favorite author in order to better understand the correctness of one's argument - as lazy, intellectually, and also cowardly - I'd highly recommend Chapter...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology May 1st, 2006, 12:52 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

LeDoux simply says that downward causation is the process whereby a thought can cause an action. My theory acknowledges that - as long as the thought provides the emotional strength to compete with...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 30th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

That's all interesting Fred. Although we've heard it now several times.

However, as I said in the last post:

Now, let's hear your version of how free will is part of the human decision-making...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 30th, 2006, 02:54 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Of course, like Pinker, I don't believe that a ghost in the machine is needed as a basis for morality.

But why is it that exposing atheists as immoral is your reason for being here? Does Pinker...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 30th, 2006, 11:41 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Fred, Yet another clever attempt to avoid an explanation for just how your theistic free will operates in the human mind - this time by saying that I've mislabeled it - and therefore you don't need...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 29th, 2006, 08:17 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Fred said,

I didn't attempt to describe the brain systems involved which were incidental to my point. I only stated that cognition can result in emotion. Of, course, the amygdala is necessary for...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 29th, 2006, 02:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Fred, you said,
I agree. It is somewhat a tautology. From Websters: Tautology: Logic necessarily true by virtue of the meaning of its component terms alone, without reference to external fact, and...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 29th, 2006, 11:15 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Fred, I don't see any different mechanism in your description from the one I proposed. You used the phrase, seeing if you have any conscious cognitive free will, to decribe the source of the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 28th, 2006, 10:08 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Fred, In the first example you said, "It’s only to prove to yourself (and not to anyone else) that you at least have some amount of (purely conscious cognitive) choice, some amount of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 28th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Carey, These are good questions.You ask,

In this case I did not have to propose that motivation. Fred provided it. One way to illustrate this concept is to ask if in that example the person had...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 28th, 2006, 03:48 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

But Fred, you keep proving my premise. You say,

But in the next sentence you say,

That is the benefit - proving something to yourself. That's the opposing emotion in the decision that you...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 28th, 2006, 10:59 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Congratulations Fred. It's taken you several weeks but you have finally offered a plausible example of where a (sane) person does not choose to do that which will optimize his emotional outcome - my...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 27th, 2006, 10:13 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
SBCH Part II

To illustrate this overall decision-making process, imagine the following scenario. (I recommend you read Part I first.)

Part I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 27th, 2006, 10:12 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
SBCH Part I

Todd, Getting further into The Blank Slate while in Hawaii has been good. I think I can stand only so much paradise and the break each day was welcome. My Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis (SBCH)...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 19th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

Hi Todd, Thanks for your thoughtful reply. That's just what I was hoping for. I am in Hawaii this morning (arrived last evening) to visit my son and his wife for a few days. I will be considering...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 18th, 2006, 03:08 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

No. I'm saying we all can be more like dumb brutes when we become emotionally aroused - like fearful, angry, defensive, etc. We become more likely to follow our strong emotions (that come from...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 17th, 2006, 12:14 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

This interesting AP article caught my attention. GOP Campaign to Focus on Flag Burning, Gay Marriage, Abortion (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0%2C2933%2C191885%2C00.html)

I've always suspected...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 02:41 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Elements of the Somatic Behavior Choice Hypthesis

1) Behavior choice (decision-making) in humans is the result of a subconscious summation of somatic effects. These effects are automatically produced when mental images of contemplated behavior...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 02:39 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 57,488
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Somatic Behavior Choice Hypothesis

This is not a proof of something. It is is a way of interpreting things that have been proven by others or that have not been disproven. The value is that it offers a conceptual model of human...
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