Post 3: The Psychology of Free Will

80 hours, 4.5 books, several articles, 23 written pages, and three times trying to write this blog post because somehow it keeps getting deleted and I am (officially at least) done my research. Overall, doing this research was a great experience for me. Two things that I did find were that it was much harder to find relevant material for my research than I had expected and it was much easier to drift into speculation that I would have imagined. The first is because when you discuss a topic like free will, so many other philosophical topics easily drift right into the discussion. The transition from a discussion of free will to what makes you you or to is there a god or to what is morality really is  is all to easy to make, which, for at least some of the authors I read, led them very off task from what I was trying to do research on. The second is because many of the studies that led me to do this research turned out to prove much less than I had anticipated. This gap in scientific knowledge then left a lot of room for pondering. This was both good and bad. It was good because it allowed me to really think deeply and attempt to create some of my own philosophical examples, but obviously it was less good because it is far easier to question philosophical musings than scientific data.

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Post 2: The Psychology of Free Will

Since my last post I feel as though I have done a lot of work, but had little success. I started to read Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennet, but have since taken a break from it. To be fair, I thought I would give it a go as a beach read, so perhaps it was my setting that failed to prepare me for the density of this book. Regardless, I struggled to read it. The first 100 pages of this 460 page book was simply him setting us up for this apparent revolution to the way we look at consciousness that he was about to bestow upon us. As it is, the use of and cause of consciousness is a little bit off the mark from where I intended my research to go, so when he couldn’t even provide anything helpful in the first fourth of the book, I decided it was time to take a break.

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