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Comment author: Ian_C. 19 March 2008 10:22:53PM -1 points [-]

Frank Hirsch: "So much for evidence from introspective memory"

Those experiments are fascinating, but the fact that a damaged brain in a different situation makes up stories is not evidence that a healthy brain is doing so in this situation.

Ben Jones: "To be honest, I'm not convinced this is a useful argument."

I'm not convinced it's not a useful argument either. Argument is for when you have made a deductive chain that you want to explain to others. When all you are doing is pointing out something in their field of perception, all you can do is point, and if they deny it, just point again.

The fact is, that choices do come "pre-packaged" with the knowledge that we chose them. They don't come pre-packaged with some data that we might interpret rightly or wrongly as the knowledge that we chose, they come directly with the actual knowledge.