Posted: Nov 29, 2016 3:49 pm
by GrahamH
archibald wrote:
GrahamH wrote:It might seem reasonable to extent "me" to include the brain, and the body. Why not include encounters the body has leading up to decision? Why not include your deep past? Aren't your genes "you"? What about all the people I know?

What all the other people I don't know but have encountered however minimally?

It feels odd to say it but as an externalist, I feel I have to admit that ughaibu (no offense to him, he has very good taste in music) is, as I see it, part of 'me' when I'm interacting with him (and after and possibly before, though probably only very very slightly in the latter case, as in the butterfly effect). Iow, the connections in the system don't necessarily have to be across my internal brain synapses or down my blood vessels. They can go along the internet. ... xternalism

But that may be a slight detour, even if related.

OK. That does go against ughaibu's notion of free will though. Indeed wouldn't it mean that "you" include the gunman coercing Archibald to do things "against your will"? It seems to destroy any notion of "conscious agents" since agency is then dissipated far and wide and there are no individuals that could count as "conscious agents" making their own individual free decisions.