armstron at ohiou.edu
Mon Apr 29 15:34:45 EDT 2002
Just a note, really. Your post below really grabbed me with the first
sentence. But by the time I got to the first sentence of the second
paragraph, my head was spinning.
>Seems to me that the drive to be conscious is the strongest drive of all.
>Consciousness is like going to the movies only better --it's our own life
>that is being shown. Being conscious of our motives and actions does not
>in my view necessarily mean we are freely choosing them. Nor do I
>understand how consciousness would be necessary for free choice to occur.
>I'm not even sure what consciousness is. How does consciousness differ
>from mere responding?
Quite a feat, Jim, to declare consciousness the strongest drive of all
(I'm not sure, though, where the drives are kept) and then declaring
yourself ignorant of what consciousness is. And THEN of all the *$(@#$*%$
things, devolving to consciousness being no different from
stimulus/response! Well, heck, man, no wonder you don't understand how
consciousness would be necessary for free choice to occur!
All I can say, with some expectation of being understood, is that Percy
would indeed have been willing to deflate (much better than I, obviously)
the idea that will is illusion. I notice no one took me up on my question
of how that book came into being. Stimulus/response d'yer suppoze?
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