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There’s no evidence to support the idea that randomness exists. It would seem that every occurrence is only part of a chain of cause and consequence. Whenever we label something “random” we only mean that we don’t have enough information on the causes to predict the consequence. (Look up, for instance, how we have computers generate “random” numbers). I’ve always thought of this idea of reaction-to-reactions as much like an ocean, with countless particles influencing each other in an entirely physical but largely untraceable way.

If true, this would of course apply to the workings of the brain and therefore the mind also. All physical processes in the brain are again only consequences of innumerable causes (both those that influenced the physical structure of it up until that point and the stimuli it’s reacting to).

So with no randomness, there is also no I, in the sense of an independent, free willing “new cause”. No matter how spontaneous a thought seems, or how much we agonize over a decision, the outcomes have always been predetermined. We’re just along for the ride. This would also obviously challenge the idea of an accountable soul.




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28 Jul 2010:-) Robert worth nuckels
Very compelling piece ... i think that ’randomness’ is an illusion, whereas ’cause & effect’ as many so-called ’deep thinkers’ is often little more than a reductionistic theory. Why ? One rather coarse example would be the one formerly used (was it the kant-laplace theory ?) where the ’creation’ of the ’universe’ could be likened to one taking a straw dipped in oil & twirling it over a basin of water, causing several or more drops of oil to land in the water, & take their inevitable course of spiralling orbits in the water. They insist that the universe began the same way, all of the systems coming from a Primal, swirlling Mass. They forget that someone has to twirl the straw.
As far as the I goes....the I DOES always (usually, in any case) have a choice with the ’given’ circumstances which seem to come beyond the I’s control ; but to reduce thought to mere chemical processes in the brain is kind of like assuming that all pianos play themselves (assuming that the person who inferred this had never seen a person playing a piano, but only a player-piano).
28 Jul 2010:-) Anne Wipf
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'The Illusion of Self':
 • Created by: :-) Andrew Bones Jones
 • Copyright: ©Andrew Bones Jones. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Delusion, Face, Head, Illusion, Ocean, Random, Sea, Self, Surreal, Will
 • Categories: Dream Imagery, Photo-/model based compositions, or photorealism, Woman, Women
 • Techniques: Photoshop
 • Submitted: 2010-07-25 09:59:20
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