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Is there really such a thing as free will?
How can humans make genuinely independent choices if we are just a cluster of cells and genes in a world determined by scientific laws?
How can we still be in control of our lives?
In this myth-shattering book, Daniel Dennett shows that free will does exist. But instead of the traditional view of freedom as an eternal, inchanging condition of our existence, in reality, he reveals, it has evolved; just like life on the planet and the air we breathe. Evolution is the key to resolving this greatest of phillosophical qustions - and to understanding our place in the world as uniquely free agents.
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Edited 2nd April:
I have decided that I don't want this book back so I am turning this ring into a ray.
Mastulela, when you have read this book, please feel free to keep it, wild release it or pass it on.
A bit near the end answered the question I asked in The Meme Machine Journal about what exactly "natural selection" means. It seems it's one of those annoying words like "crow", which is both specific and generic. One member of the crow family is the crow, natural selection is both the selection pressure of the environment, whatever causes the pressure and, more specifically, the selection pressure from nature. So, if we wipe out or alter a meme or a organism, it is both natural selection (general, selection pressure sense) and not natural selection (specific, natural sense). He didn't define natural selection like that, but he seemed to use it in both senses.
I found one of the theories he was arguing against quite scary - the indeterministic way. I wouldn't mind some randomness in the unimportant day-to-day choices, but I would hope that when it came to the big decisions I would make the best decision I could given the knowledge and physchology I had at the time, even if it was predictable or wrong, rather than depending on chance. But the guy appears to be his non-deterministic choice making theory more to "will I take this job?", than "what will I eat now?".