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Nice summary via +Gary Weber of the most recent mind-bending paper on the neurology of "free will". The paper shows "random brain noise" is a significant contributor to our supposedly freely made decisions: measurements of noise in a subject's visual cortex can be used to predict which choice "will be made" nearly one second prior to his or her conscious experience of "freely choosing".

From a psychological perspective it seems consciousness becomes aware of decisions already made subconsciously and the ego immediately claims them as its own, generating on-the-fly the necessary backstory to support the narrative of "freedom", "rationality", "identity", etc. possessed by a concrete, separate, ongoing, cohesive "self".

"Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9 per cent
Of everything you think,
And of everything you do,
Is for yourself —
And there isn't one." ~ Wei Wu Wei
 
Are our "choices" really made by random brain "noise"?
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Hi Ross.   Thanks for the share.  Great that you found it useful.  your second para on "From a psychological perspective..." is excellent, IMHO.  Also love the Wei Wu Wei quote...one of the great ones.   stillness.  
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Moving organization empowering abused children: Bikers Against Child Abuse International! 
Watch the video Bikers change lives of abused children on Yahoo News . “FA" was just 10 years old when her stepfather starting abusing her. By the time she was 15 and preparing to testify against him, she was suicidal, afraid, and unable to sleep. Then she met “Tombstone,” a lifelong biker and member of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), a group whose sole mission is to empower children who have been victimized. Dressed in leather, the rough look...
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"Russia Today anchor and correspondent Liz Wahl resigned on air today, saying she couldn't 'be part of a network that whitewashes the actions' of Russian President Vladimir Putin."
 
Anchor on Russian propaganda news show resigns on air.

Russia Today, an English-language propaganda news show funded by the Russian government and dreamed up by Vladimir Putin's press spokesperson and the Russian media minister, just lost an anchor. 

Russia Today anchor and correspondent Liz Wahl resigned on air today, saying she couldn't "be part of a network that whitewashes the actions" of Russian President Vladimir Putin."
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Oscar selfie re-created in LEGO.

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Libet's 1970s study confirmed yet again: scientists monitoring "your" brain know a decision has been made, and what that decision is, up to seven seconds before "you" consciously choose it.

In other words, 40 years of experiments in psychology and neuroscience seem to show the little voice in "your" head isn't really in control of anything. It's a pretender to the throne.

So who is responsible for "your" decisions, and thus actions? Can morality exist with no doer of deeds? Is the little voice even necessary...?

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The concept of free will could be little more than the result of background noise in the brain, according to a recent study.
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"Enlightenment" is a lack of confusion.
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One of my brother's less inflammatory blogs. +Sean Thomas +The Telegraph
Thanks to a couple of surveys, it’s being put about in certain circles that atheists have higher IQs than believers. That may or may not be the case, but one problem with this argument is that, if you accept "average group differences in IQ”, you get into all sorts of sinister debates which bien pensant atheist [...]
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His calligraphy is better than mine. 心 does not mean "self". 心 relates to matters of the heart, or literally, heart. The two characters, 🈚️心, form the adjective heartless - someone who is void of emotions. Since he studied Japanese, borrowed compounded Chinese words can mean entirely something else. 
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