In a recent discussion, a member maintained that he has "free will" and is "responsible" for his actions. Other members disagree.
Neuroscientists now tell us that our brains have many discrete circuits doing many different things. One of these circuits creates the illusion that we are in control of them all. But who among us controls his own liver function? Still, the "I" illusion is apparently very powerful.
Like jerking your hand away from a hot stove before feeling it, all your decisions are made for you on a subconscious level. Then the "I" illusion circuit steps in to tell you that"you" made them.
In like manner, the world looks flat and stationary. But most people now accept the odd idea that the earth is in fact ball-like and moving. Can we come to accept such a counter-intuitive reality?
If we can, does that create another existential crisis?
Not only is there no meaning to my life, “my” has no meaning.
This is getting pretty harsh and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.