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Comment author: Rixie 02 April 2013 05:49:23PM *  -1 points [-]

Why do humans think that they have free will?
What kind of situation would favour humans who thought that they had free will over humans who didn't?
Will to survive?
No, that's not the right question, I'm off track.
I'm drawing a complete blank.
What is there in my head that makes it so that I think I have free will?
I keep thinking in circles. I'm trying to differentiate the answer of this question from the answer of the question "Why do I think I have free will?", but every time I get close there is litterally a giant blank, I don't think I know enough about how human brains work in the first place in order to answer this question.

Oh, no, here we go:
Why do I think that I don't know enough about how my mind works to answer this question? I live in it, after all.
Well, I can't answer the question, that seems like ample proof to me, although it might not be.
I think that I could work out everything I needed to know given enough time, but why start from scratch when other great minds have done the work for you?

Can anyone direct me to some ressources I can use to better understand the internal algorithms of the human mind please?

Comment author: CronoDAS 02 April 2013 08:30:30PM 1 point [-]

Can anyone direct me to some ressources I can use to better understand the internal algorithms of the human mind please?

Well, there is The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, but I've never tried to actually read any of it...

http://cryptome.org/2013/01/aaron-swartz/MIT-Cognitive-Sciences.pdf