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  1. In another thread, a selection of critters is offered to observe free will. The concept of rolling can certainly be formed from observing a ball, tire, a stone or even a log roll along a stretch of surface. In the case of animals, hunger develops, the quest for food ensues (in the case of humans, this presumes he has learned to identify hunger by some unspecified means.) "Choosing" to look for food does not strike me as what Rand is referring to when she penned: that which you call 'free will' is your mind's freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, th
  2. The philosophy has its own non-contradictory fail-safe built-in. Nice wrap-up. As for the berating, The Romantic Manifesto offers this with regard to art. An artist reveals his naked soul in his work—and so, gentle reader, do you when you respond to it. There may be a lessor parallel in politics.
  3. That sentence should be read with the one immediately prior to it…. in mind ! After reading this, the recollection of volition as a "type of causality" came to mind. While maybe not quite coming to a full circle comes to mind, grasping free-will/volition as a subtype of causality was raised in this "compatibilism" thread a while back. Consider it a recursive approach: weighing volition as a subtype of causality against determinism as the whole enchilada of causality.
  4. I was essentially content with: The day when he grasps that matter has no volition is the day when he grasps that he has—and this is his birth as a human being. If anything, I would be curious at what age might the implicit self-conscious described become explicit in conceptual form.
  5. For those needing a bit more context, this may help: Three Scales Of Intellect Connecting Earth With The Abode Of God. Ramon Llull (1232-1316)
  6. I get the sentiment. Still, leadership is a fact of life. Starting out with our parents when we are young, teachers that inspired us, individuals with virtues that we admire in various walks of life. Practical applications of what? Without the leading discoveries in so many walks of life (leadership in the various fields of endeavors), take a familiar line from a familiar story here: [H]ow many independent conclusions you have reached in the course of your life and how much of your time was spent on performing the actions you learned from others[?] How individuals conduct th
  7. @merjet From Scope of Volition, regarding free will as the choice that controls all the choices... She gave no support for the assertion, nor is it supportable. It is too narrow, contradictory, and the choice to think does not control or determine what or how one subsequently thinks. This is extracted from page 161 of For The New Intellectual Somewhere in the distant reaches of his childhood, when his own understanding of reality clashed with the assertions of others, with their arbitrary orders and contradictory demands, he gave in... In the section regarding childre
  8. Recently, Mike Mazza asked for some philosophical questions for upcoming shows. While May 5th has come and gone, providing queries that fit within the charter of the ARI would be more instructive accepting the offer as a request to be an ally than to simply take umbrage with past shows, especially in the light of the title of this thread. Given Rand's description of the barren field of philosophy in For The New Intellectual, MisterSwig's optimism for the strongest ideas flourishing and spreading is joined with the podcasts he has put together with others as he continues to explore the ter
  9. Since you asked: My initial citations were an exploration into a couple of entrees I considered relevant regarding 'deconstructionism'. Do you suppose post-modernism and deconstructionism both attempt to undermine positing forth an objective reality?
  10. Without reference to reality, the mere relating of words to words leaves you with no referents outside the circular reference(s) identified. At some point a deconstructionist is usually provided an implicit whitewashed acceptance of some sort upon which to build further. For a deconstructionist to cede an ostensive definition in a case of either a referent of a first-level concept or a sensory quality such as blue, circle, or even a directional indication, undermines a sole reliance upon words yeilding to objective building blocks.
  11. Then the (my) error is in treating cognitive expansion as a form of volition, rather than a human result of volition in conjunction with his conceptual faculty. To restate a better formulation more precisely, there is the volitional faculty, i.e., the ability to attend to or focus on, supplemented by the cognitive or conceptual faculty, i.e., to retain a result(s) of such selective focus in conceptual form. A lion recognizing the sight, sound & scent of its mate, could readily be a form of attending to the various modalities collectively or perhaps singularly if so presented.
  12. Does the volition of a chimpanzee allocate it to living as they do absent man building habitats such as a zoo, or bringing them into a laboratory for specialized study? Is it only man that has the range of volition that at one end of the spectrum some of the specie continues to live in primitive style abodes and forage while at the other, sip Tang from a orbital view of Earth?
  13. (Scratching the surface of) Deconstructionism. From PhilosophyBasics: It is a theory of literary criticism that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth; asserts that words can only refer to other words; and attempts to demonstrate how statements about any text subvert their own meanings. Per Wikipedia/Deconstructionism: Deconstruction is an approach to understanding the relationship between text and meaning. It was originated by the philosopher Jacques Derrida, who defined the term variously throughout his career. We, the 'deconstructioni
  14. @Easy Truth Did the lion choose to recognize the particular lion, exercising its volitional faculty? If the recollection is given by the nature of a lion's nervous system, could it extend to the recollection of other rudimentary aspects of previous encounters? If man's volitional faculty does not set him apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, what concept would be more distinct, keeping in mind that concepts can be used to gain clarity or misused to muddle as well.
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