Facebook chat re forgiveness
I don’t deal in “supposed to”s.
I deal in probabilities of actions working, and probabilities of benefits for all over time.
People who cheat on cooperative systems need to have the benefits of that cheating removed – if that doesn’t happen, then cooperation itself is at risk. That doesn’t mean we can’t give them another chance, and it would indicate close supervision second time.
All the best for 2015
Choice vs determinism – at all levels.
Anywhere we allow shoulds in our life, we have operationally given our power of choice over to a rule of some sort.
It seems to me that we can only be truly powerful in life to the extent that retain our conscious power to assess and to choose. And I rather like the Landmark definition of choice “A free selection, after, and not based upon, reason or consideration.”
It seems to me that we are each such amazingly complex entities that should we live the rest of eternity, we will still be discovering new things about ourselves.
It seems that we all have a degree of determinism given by the systems that underlie our function – and to the level that we can cultivate awareness of those systems we gain a level of choice in how those systems affect us.
Thus for me it is not an either or thing.
To me, free will is always a matter of degree.
The greater our awareness, the greater the levels of freedom we are capable of generating.
Many levels of things to become aware of:
biochemistry, anatomy, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, cybernetics, games theory, general theorem space, and a potentially infinite set of recursive abstractions built on this foundation.