Flannel Jesus wrote:Why does it go against that?
Flannel Jesus wrote:I actually think that's a great way to define a word -
You don't have to define the word. The word is already defined, that's the point! If he thinks there is "something" that we have, that is worth talking about, he should make up a word or an expression for it. But, as I said before, I really do think he's defending contra causal free will.
If you aren't looking for the source of the feeling of free will, but just attacking a misinterpretation of that feeling, then you're only doing half the problem. "Ultimate Authorship" is BS, you agree, I agree, he agrees. But then there's still a string left dangling -- where does the feeling come from? It certainly doesn't come from having ultimate authorship, does it? It's not enough to just dismiss Ultimate Authorship, that's too easy. Elizier's approach, which I now find is correct, was to continue asking questions, even after he dismissed ultimate authorship. Where does the feeling of free will come from? Oh, it comes from the fact that we treat actions as primitively reachable. So, instead of saying "I feel like I have free will" and then defining it as something that totally isn't the source of that feeling, why not say "I feel like I have free will" and then define it explicitly as the source of that feeling?
I'm gonna be very honest here: It's kind of sad to see you of all people making this kind of argument.
The feeling of free will is very easily understood. It arises from our moment-to-moment ignorance of the specific prior causes of our thoughts and actions. The phrase “free will” describes what it feels like to be identified with the content of each mental state as it arises in consciousness.
Also, we don't define words based on the source of our feelings. I don't know where you got that from. I mean, we don't call a feeling of affection oxytocin now do we?
so why not define free will as "the cognitive process that makes us feel free will"?
Well for one, because if we call the cognitive process that makes us feel free will, free will, then what will we call what free will makes us feel?
That was a mouthful.