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A solution to the mystery of Libet's investigations perhaps?

Post by Imetheman1 » February 12th, 2019, 4:17 pm

The following hypothetical scenario represents a solution to the mystery of Benjamin Libet's investigations regarding the nature of free will.

Assume 1st of all that all living organisms possess that which I call 'Prime Consciousness'. Assume that the 'PC' operates in the same way that it is predicted that quantum computers will eventually operate. The 'PC' can be regarded as existing and operating only in the relative immediate present of the animal – that frozen moment in time between the past and the future. The PC has only one job, it determines the motor function and therefore the physical movement of the organism in 3D space.

However, those species of animals who evolved a brain capacity and intelligence over time, which enabled them to process information regarding their immediate physical environment so that they can make an intentional choice to move in one way or another at any given moment in time, possesses a second level of consciousness which can be described as physical sentient awareness. Single celled animals can be regarded in this sense as possessing only prime consciousness.

As the brain capacity and intelligence of any given species evolves over time, the quantum computing ability of the PC to assimilate different information also increases. As the intelligence of a species continues to develop, the horizon of awareness of the 3D environment expands from it's immediate vicinity to a broader more encompassing environment which includes physical, social, economic, personal and emotional influences .

The information which the PC of any given human being assimilates at any given moment in time and which influences and determines the subsequent physical action of the body, is a complex cocktail of all of these elements. The role of the PC when any given individual puts pen to paper is not just that it determines the physical movement of the fingers [and therefore the pen on the paper]- the PC also represents the emotional, economic and or socio-political free will intentionality of the individual, and who has a full grasp of the implications and consequences which may be inherent in the content and subject matter of which they are writing at that moment

Given that the assimilation and transfer of information in the brain is a neurological process which is determined and governed by the laws of chemistry and physics [and therefore occurs over time], means that the moment of conscious sentient awareness, necessarily occurs after the intentionality of movement already decided by the PC. In this situation, the movement of the physical body is in response to the intentionality of the PC.

This is not to assert however, that the PC is separate from the sentient consciousness. The PC represents the true intentionality of the individual, and the sentient consciousness is the physical awareness of the brain that a decision has been made. We could conclude that the free will of an individual resides in the PC of that individual.

The separation in time between the 'now' of the PC of any given individual and that of their sentient conscious awareness, would explain the mystery of the findings of Benjamin Libet investigations into the nature of free will.

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Re: A solution to the mystery of Libet's investigations perhaps?

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Imetheman1 wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 4:17 pm
The following hypothetical scenario represents a solution to the mystery of Benjamin Libet's investigations regarding the nature of free will.

Assume 1st of all that all living organisms possess that which I call 'Prime Consciousness'. Assume that the 'PC' operates in the same way that it is predicted that quantum computers will eventually operate. The 'PC' can be regarded as existing and operating only in the relative immediate present of the animal – that frozen moment in time between the past and the future. The PC has only one job, it determines the motor function and therefore the physical movement of the organism in 3D space.

However, those species of animals who evolved a brain capacity and intelligence over time, which enabled them to process information regarding their immediate physical environment so that they can make an intentional choice to move in one way or another at any given moment in time, possesses a second level of consciousness which can be described as physical sentient awareness. Single celled animals can be regarded in this sense as possessing only prime consciousness.

As the brain capacity and intelligence of any given species evolves over time, the quantum computing ability of the PC to assimilate different information also increases. As the intelligence of a species continues to develop, the horizon of awareness of the 3D environment expands from it's immediate vicinity to a broader more encompassing environment which includes physical, social, economic, personal and emotional influences .

The information which the PC of any given human being assimilates at any given moment in time and which influences and determines the subsequent physical action of the body, is a complex cocktail of all of these elements. The role of the PC when any given individual puts pen to paper is not just that it determines the physical movement of the fingers [and therefore the pen on the paper]- the PC also represents the emotional, economic and or socio-political free will intentionality of the individual, and who has a full grasp of the implications and consequences which may be inherent in the content and subject matter of which they are writing at that moment

Given that the assimilation and transfer of information in the brain is a neurological process which is determined and governed by the laws of chemistry and physics [and therefore occurs over time], means that the moment of conscious sentient awareness, necessarily occurs after the intentionality of movement already decided by the PC. In this situation, the movement of the physical body is in response to the intentionality of the PC.

This is not to assert however, that the PC is separate from the sentient consciousness. The PC represents the true intentionality of the individual, and the sentient consciousness is the physical awareness of the brain that a decision has been made. We could conclude that the free will of an individual resides in the PC of that individual.

The separation in time between the 'now' of the PC of any given individual and that of their sentient conscious awareness, would explain the mystery of the findings of Benjamin Libet investigations into the nature of free will.
I'm not particularly fond of the theory of quantum physics. This is just a rehashing of ancient Greek speculation by the Atomists.

Thus you are mixing speculation with science and philosophy.

It is more fascinating to ask whether all animals in their own freewill determinations have the same consciousness that humans seem to have. We humans know about each other from ourselves. But we don't know much about the other animals.

But back to the original topic, freewill is a matter of circumstance and environment. Slaves have little freewill other than to decide whether to try to escape or not. Not sure if that counts as freewill to most observers.

We have eliminated slavery from the Earth by and large. But economic slavery still exists.

Do economic slaves have freewill or not? Probably only to the extent that they choose to submit to their own economic slavery or take a faster way out.

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