December 4th, 2002
|04:16 am - i can't wait til i can hate you tonight|
so i am in the throes of working out a philosophy which is amoral (as opposed to immoral). basically, the idea that how someone chooses to respond to any set of circumstances is the only way they could have responded. because of their upbringing and personal morality and general ideas of life and anything that may be on their mind, their friends and parents and life up to that moment, the way they choose to act is the only choice that thier essence at that moment would decide upon. this isn't like fate, because you still are free to choose what you will, but an omnicient being judging just from your personality and life up to that moment could decisively say what you will choose (this is part of why i dont believe in omnicient beings, and even moreso the morality of their punishing/rewarding us for our choices). so i suppose an omnicient being would see our lives in much the same way someone who saw the future would. but luckily, from our limited vantage points, we are still all free to choose and do as we please according to our whims
this is rather unwieldy for day-to-day life, and only mildy comforting or explanatory (tho i only mildly believe it as yet, so that may follow), but it has some interesting implications. i think so anyway. any thoughts?
also i suppose chaos could cause problems for this idea. i don't know how much the jiggling quarks in our brains affect our decisions
sweet fucka! the auto body place says my car might be done by the end of the week. none of this waiting a month bullshit like henrys for them, oh no! :D
3 concepts which i think are of very dubious value and should probably be disposed of:
anyone want to defend them? or agree with me?
sometimes my absurd notions put me into absurd situations
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hehe, philly is selling xmas jello. green and red, with their traditional oddly crusty whipcream. mmm mmm
holy shit buy me 30 of these!! http://www.hammacher.com/publish/10321.asp?pcat=&pcont=scooter%20KWSP&cat=scooter%20KWSP
hahaha on an application it's asking my job history. for my duties and responsibilities at teh UNH Survey Center, i put "called people to ask them surveys questions and interrupt their dinners". i hope i get humor points. i'm applying to be a consultant for the student computer clusters, which apparently consists of talking on aim all day judging from larissa
coming soon: a post all about my thanksgiving break, complete with photos. or probably links to photos, cuz there's a lot of them
np: Ani Difranco - Reckoning - 13 - School Night
|Date:||December 8th, 2002 04:30 am (UTC)|| |
It's hard to say that there's no free will, which is the implication of someone being able to make predictions with complete accuracy about our actions.
Even if you say it feels like free will to us, if they know, it's not free will. It's the observer effect - once something is known, it is, basically.
Although you can get around this with Quantum Many-World theory, which is great.
You know. We all exist as we exist, and the universe splits on decision points, on choice going one way, one the other, another another, and so on.
This is perfectly compatible with any omniscient being you may moot, because you just have to assume that they know the exact probabilities for you choosing any one thing at any one time. And the probabilities, given your choice, of some other event.
Which is much more real-world compatible, too, because people do do things that do not hold with their previous behaviour/experience/etc. Although it means omniscient has a whooooole lot of *all* to know. eh.
The human neural system is much more chaotic than almost any other system around, it doesn't follow simple rules, identical inputs can produce different outputs, so you can't assume you only really have the option you chose to take as an option. You have all the options you can think of, and some more.
I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those meddling quarks!
I'm too tired to think about this much, or to tell you my personal philosophy, as it's crazed, but feel free to
abuse me speak to me about this more. As it's a vaguely interesting realm of speculation.