Saturday, 1 June 2019

Born to do Math 122 - Will and Willpower: Confirmatory Will

Born to do Math 122 - Will and Willpower: Confirmatory Will
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
June 1, 2019

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Yes, so, we've been talking off-tape about will and willpower. 

Rick Rosner: We don't have to go to straight to IC with this stuff because this is a lot of stuff just being worked on in neuroscience or the hottest term for doing a direct physical observation of the brain and conscious processes.

IC intersects with the stuff. But generally when we talk about this stuff, there is agreement. For our purposes, and I think the brain people would agree to the extent that they agree at all, "will" can be used to refer to consciously mandated decisions.

That is, that you think about something consciously. You decide on a course of action. 

Jacobsen: Is this the only formulation of it? Is there another logical progression to call something still will? You think about something. You decide.

Rosner: We can talk about will before information theory. Information theory didn't start until 1948.

Jacobsen: That's a good point. There was no formal definition of information in a mathematical framework before.

Rosner: No, then Clause Shannon developed the theory at Bell Labs.

Jacobsen: Also, Norbert Weiner helped with the probability theory development. I have a copy of the work by Shannon.

Rosner: Before that, 18th and 19th century, it was kind of the feeling, I believe, based on not much knowledge of a soul or a spirit juice existent in some semi-independent realm that decided things, "I am going to do this." The "this" was an expression of self.

The self was somewhat connected to soul. It was connected to the mind, which was this thing that was not necessarily part of the material world. It was operating on the material world and you, as a material being.

It was the puppeteer operating your part of the material world from a different realm or using different stuff. Over the next couple of hundred years, as science and math became more able to explain how the material world can operate itself, how the brain can make the mind, and how everything can work entirely materially without having to resort to some other realm or some magic, it isn't to say that there isn't another framework, as IC postulates that there is an optimal mathematical representation of mind that can be graphed or mapped in its own dimension.

That map or dimension can be tied to the brain. But in terms of describing consciousness and the rules of consciousness, you're, at least, picturing another dimension. It doesn't mean necessarily another dimension. It means a dimension in which your mind works. I haven't been made to make this distinction before. It is not some extra juice.

It is a consequence of information in a massive self-consistent information processing system.

Jacobsen: That brings two things to mind. On the one hand, you have thought about something, say two options come forward. Of those two options, someone selects one and wills towards it, to actualize it in the world. 

The other isn't really picking any choice. There isn't anything conscious. They are simply acting on it. It is a one-channel path of acting in the world. 

Rosner: According to modern brain science, those things aren't that dissimilar.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer
Rick Rosner

(Updated March 7, 2019)

According to semi-reputable sources, Rick Rosner has the world’s second-highest IQ. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Award and Emmy nominations, and was named 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Registry.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercial, Domino’s Pizza named him the "World’s Smartest Man." The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named "Best Bouncer" in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. He came in second or lost on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory. 

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceversusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing
In-Sight Publishing

(Updated September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott:

He is a Moral Courage Webmaster and Outreach Specialist (Fall, 2016) at the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center), Interview Columnist for Conatus News, Writer and Executive Administrator for Trusted Clothes, Interview Columnist for Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Councillor for the Athabasca University Student Union, Member of the Learning Analytics Research Group, writer for The Voice MagazineYour Political Party of BCProBCMarijuana Party of CanadaFresh Start Recovery CentreHarvest House Ministries, and Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization, Editor and Proofreader for Alfred Yi Zhang Photography, Community Journalist/Blogger for Gordon Neighbourhood House, Member-at-Large, Member of the Outreach Committee, the Finance & Fundraising Committee, and the Special Projects & Political Advocacy Committee, and Writer for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Member of the Lifespan Cognition Psychology Lab and IMAGe Psychology Lab, Collaborator with Dr. Farhad Dastur in creation of the CriticalThinkingWiki, Board Member, and Foundation Volunteer Committee Member for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, and Independent Landscaper.

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