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"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

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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

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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...?

#wuwei #mushin

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"Enlightenment" is a lack of confusion.

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Moving organization empowering abused children: Bikers Against Child Abuse International! 

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One of my brother's less inflammatory blogs. +Sean Thomas +The Telegraph
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