Absolute freedom is an impossibility, thus absolute free decision is non-existence.bahman wrote: ↑Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:40 pmNo, we have not been through this before. In here I am saying that free decision is irreducible, therefore it is due to something irreducible instead of reducible, such as matter.Veritas Aequitas wrote: ↑Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:21 amWe have gone through the above before.bahman wrote: ↑Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:18 pm
What is known is that there is a correlation between experience and brain activity. Consciousness is due to Matter activity. There is causation too. In the middle, we have a decision. Brain activity cannot resolve the conflict of interest in a situation when options are equally liked. That is true since the matter is a deterministic substance, one input and one output. There is no algorithm for free decision. It is not due to a deterministic object.
In simple words, the free decision is irreducible. The matter is reducible. Therefore, the free decision is not due to matter. It is due to the mind.
The simple fact is when the person is dead there is no ontological independent human mind to talk about.
The urge to insist there is an ontological independent human mind is due to desperate psychology.
Free decision where only humans are capable of is reducible to a region of the human brain, i.e. the neocortex and prefrontal cortex.
Thus whatever is free-decision it is reducible to the brain and living physical self.
If the physical self is dead, there is no decision [free or otherwise] to be made.
Do you have knowledge of the neo-cortex and prefrontal cortex, i.e.
Many authors have indicated an integral link between a person's will to live, personality, and the functions of the prefrontal cortex. This brain region has been implicated in planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, moderating social behavior, and moderating certain aspects of speech and language.
Your knowledge on this is limited.An electron and positron annihilate upon the collision. The result is photon. Matter obviously reducible. It cannot give rise to something irreducible, such as free decision.Veritas Aequitas wrote: ↑Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:21 amQuestion is, it is reducible to what fundamental element?Matter can be annihilated. Therefore, it is reducible. Something which is irreducible cannot be created and therefore cannot be annihilated too. I have an argument for that in separate threads.
Yes, water is reducible to H2O atoms, atoms to nucleus and electrons, .....quarks, particles or waves, strings [speculation], higgs boson, ... what else?
but what is the ultimate element it is reducible to?
Without knowing the possible final element, such a reduction is merely a convenient linguistic term that things can be broken up with a certain limit but not to any ultimate level.
From another perspective, reduction is ultimately reduced partly to the observers, i.e. the subjects. I have argued for this from the Philosophical Anti-Realist perspective.
In this case of the wave/particle dilemma, the photon is reduced to the participator [the subjects].Like all elementary particles, photons are currently best explained by quantum mechanics and exhibit wave–particle duality, their behavior featuring properties of both waves and particles.
Are you familiar with Quarks?
In Science and Physics, there is no 100% certainty.A quark (/kwɔːrk, kwɑːrk/) is a type of elementary particle and a fundamental constituent of matter.
Obviously matter is reducible but only up to a limit and because there is a possibility infinite regression, the term "matter is reducible" cannot be an ultimate truth.
Note my argument above re free decision which is reducible to the neo-cortex and prefrontal cortex of the human brain.
Note your limitation is you are ignorant of much general knowledge that are relevant to the argument of 'what is mind'.