The Illusion of Free Will | Daniel Do | TEDxUCIrvine

07/07/2015 11:55:43

Daniel Do asked us to reconsider whether we are the authors of our own thoughts.

Daniel is a student deeply engaged in brain science and philosophy of mind. He is an aspiring neuroscientist, writer, educator, and science communicator. In his free time, he enjoys biking, meditating, composing music, reading books, debating with his friends and family, and being alone with his thoughts.

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Tony Cecil

Humans are stupid and can be led to believe anything.

20/06/2016
Samantha Eves

Is he also determined to ignore all counter-arguments?

12/06/2016
Warren Ross

What a wonderful talk. What a wonderful lesson

09/06/2016
RedeemerNDestroyer

Also rapists and murderers are not resposible for their deeds - it's all physics of law. This is the same as saying there is a predestined path we all follow. Well, sure, may all our choices, good or bad, be the result of whatever laws may be, which we have no control over. Tomorrow I may go and kill somebody - not my fault, universe did it. Free will is a choice made by our conscience, which is something beyond the fixed laws of physics chmeistry or whatever. People are irrational and even if neuroscientists make it possible to map and predict every thought I have, they will never be able to see into my consciousness, see the world from my perspective and understand...MY body is a vessel to my brain and my brain is a tool used by ME. Go on, explain consciousness. Within the material realm, realm of what we can see and hear and feel and investigate, experiment with, this guy is right. But it'd be hellishly boring if that's all. Also, highly improbable.

05/06/2016
jmattia24

We should take pride and pleasure in the conditions that allowed us to succeed. Based off this logic the success of anybody is luck and nothing else. It also follows then there are those in society doomed to fail, and the conditions they encounter make them powerless to fight back. I find this logic very strong in terms of the parameters of free will laid out in this video. However, I think this extrapolates what free will actually is. Of course everything is a product of your brain, it is after all the catalyst of all thoughts and emotions. So of course everything you thought was made by your brain. Is your brain not you though? Also are the actions you take simply the product of your brain and nothing else? He brings up addictions, but how would you explain an alcoholic of 25 years just choosing to stop drinking? Of course it was his brain that made him choose to stop. Yet who in here has never done anything that their brain has told them not to do? I guess the flip side would be your subconscious wanted you to do that all along. It is a hard logical argument to make against this because as states earlier everything is of course a product of the brain. However, the implication is that man is nothing more than a train stuck on a track and has no control over the vehicle. If this is the truth, why is there still a fight against nature vs. nurture? This clearly would say that nature is all that truly matters because one can be born in the worst environment ever, but with the right brain they will undoubtedly succeed. While on the other hand one can be born in the most conducive environment for success and fail awfully because of their brain. He ends with saying that one can change their brain through updates, is this not the proof of free will though? Meaning if I have an awful view on things if I take steps to "update" my brain is that not free will? Then again the other side being you didn't choose to update yourself, your brain did. I see the logic here, but it is one that is very dark at its core. Humans are powerless. Man's sense of logic is false. His ability to reason is no more than a mere farce. With this logic, eugenics should actively be practiced. Very dark.

04/06/2016
Christopher Cassar

That was beautiful stuff right there. Cheers.

04/06/2016
Jacob Petrak

Ha ha ha this is so funny. Sorry Daniel Do but your world view points to this. If you look at how people interact with each other it highlights that world views have a huge part in how people behave not matter. If you change your world view your behavior changes to be in line with your world view. Weather evolution which breeds murderous dictators. To Hinduism which justifies leaving people in poverty because they are born into that caste because of the wrong deeds that they did in there previous life. Or to any other world view that has different outcomes. This highlights that people really do have freewill. And if freewill is not real then change in a person would be impossible much like a program can't change itself or a torch can't change it's function.

03/06/2016
Ghost Cap

And I'm going to exercise my free will and spend my time doing something meaningful, like masturbating or rearranging my sock drawer instead of wasting my precious time here on this planet pondering about tedious shit which has already been pondered by far more credible people. You know people like Leucippus, Democritus and Plato.

" Daniel is a student deeply engaged in brain science and philosophy of mind. He is an aspiring neuroscientist, writer, educator, and science communicator. In his free time, he enjoys biking, meditating, composing music, reading books, debating with his friends and family, and being alone with his thoughts ."

That's fucking wonderful. I got a little nephew who loves ninja turtles, skateboarding and archaeology, last summer he found a fossil and could talk to you about it all day long, but that doesn't make him Indiana Jones does it? You stick that same kid on youtube with cowboy hat and a TedX prop on a stage and half you dumb fucks would think he's already graduated from Harvard.

02/06/2016
atextmessage

Bruh hes like 18 damn

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