Besides external limitations, are we self-determining (the physical self, including brain chemistry) to the extent that we believe we are?

This concedes to determinism as the ultimate explanation of everything related

This doesn’t use the binary of free or unfree, but specifically mentions determining by degree

Again, I’m not referring to a subjective sense of self but the body, which is our physical self containing a brain and brain chemistry

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Brain and body are integrated, not separate entities, so whether limitations are internal or external, mental or physical, we at least exercise limited self-determination. However, individual beliefs about self-determination are often ignorant or unrealistic.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    There are self-determinations at a secondary degree, built on determinism (which is God's Being, which 'changes not"). Two ways to develop self-determination: as a bird, accept the Energy rules and laws, which are impersonal, and learn to fly (determinism and self-determinism within rules of the Game); or, as a bird, try to out-think laws of aerodynamics. In human-speak, the acceptance of God's Energy laws is "not my will, but thine, be." To move from such treely wise dominion to relativized good and e-veiling (and all relativization is e-veiling, a la the Garden parable) is to become an enlightened philosophe or even a godless existentialist, both of which feature egoism as "surely one's complete relativism will not completely imperil soul-personality."

  • Not all of who you are is contained in the worm food factory you call a body

    the brain is only the interface between the soul and the physical world

    it does not contain who you are

    Also you cannot "believe" yourself to be as Talented as Lebron James or Michelangelo

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