Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id GAA18528 (8.6.9/5.3[ref email@example.com] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from firstname.lastname@example.org); Wed, 23 Jan 2002 06:11:10 GMT Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 22:06:49 -0800 Message-Id: <200201230606.g0N66n111862@mail12.bigmailbox.com> Content-Type: text/plain Content-Disposition: inline Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary X-Mailer: MIME-tools 4.104 (Entity 4.116) X-Originating-Ip: [188.8.131.52] From: "Joe Dees" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: The Barren Desolate Wasteland of Superdeterminism Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is) These three terms are inextricably linked; free will, self-consciousness, and meaning. In the absence of the ability to choose and to efficiently act upon choice, it is impossible to comprehend how evolution could select the ability to more profitably choose, and as that is exactly what the reflective distance conferred by self-consciousness permits, there could be no reason for such a sterile and impotent faculty to evolve. Likewise with meaning. Meaning is meadiately (through self-consciousness) dependent upon choice. Preferences can only be real if they can result in action that chooses between them, and they can only be real if the alternatives they choose between mean different things, for conscious self-awarenesses. In the absence of choice and the ability to act to achieve one's choice, nothing can mean anything more or less than anything else, which pretty much kills memetics as a discipline, and just about every other aspect of human endeavor. We would be left!
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