Belinda wrote:I choose what I am going to to think about. If I did not I would be a terrible time waster all the time not just some of the time.
Hi Belinda, I think if you give this more thought, you will come to the realization that you can't actually choose (or pre-select) those thoughts that you will then become aware of (consciously think of). The thoughts that pop into my awareness (/consciousness) are the ones that I think, nothing more. (If we truly could pick our thoughts, then wouldn't we pick only the happy pleasurabe ones? life would be blissful then!)
We are only the observers of our thoughts, not the conscious creators.
Not at all! I have to solve unpleasant probems as well as pleasant ones.I have to make difficult decisons which require concentration and this is not fun, exactly; it simply has to be done.
Belinda wrote:[Not at all! I have to solve unpleasant probems as well as pleasant ones.I have to make difficult decisons which require concentration and this is not fun, exactly; it simply has to be done.
If 'you' can pre-select the thoughts that 'you' can become aware of, then is there another 'you' (inside of you?) that selects these thoughts that the first 'you' will then become aware of? If so, then is there a third 'you' that selects the thoughts for the second 'you', that then selects the thoughts for the first 'you'?
Infinite regression problem here.
I did not know this was intended as a discussion of philosophical Free Will. I thought it was about choosing which is not the same as Free Will.
If RJG claims that there is no such thing as philosophical Free Will, then I am at least as deterministic as RJG. Why else would I be a socialist?
I choose what to think about, much of the time. When my thoughts wander I usually forgive myself, but I would very much dislike being unable to concetrate and pay attention to matters of my own choosing.