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Consciousness Free Will and Purpose in Human Life In the book Minds Brains and Science author John Searle discusses the ability of humans to provide their own consciousness and free will He poses the question Why exactly is there no room for the freedom of the will on the contemporary scientific view 93 In short his argument is that contemporary science such as physics looks at problems from the bottom up The smallest parts and processes come together to form the larger parts and processes and it is because of the nature of the smaller parts that we have the larger processes that we can discern and all of this functions according to laws that govern how these parts and processes interact and cause each other 93 This remains a very neat package until one attempts to consider the idea of free will using the same types of laws and formulas that apply to the contemporary physical sciences If we consider that our thoughts cause our bodies to move then we are looking at this particular problem in a manner that is actually inconsistent with the way we explain processes in the physical sciences If we consider that it was the electrochemical activity in our brains that stimulated both our thoughts concerning movement and the movement itself this still does not account for our perception that as humans we can choose to move or not to move 94 Based on this information it is not difficult for me to side with Mr Searle or even to imagine that any real laws that govern such mental features as consciousness and free will would operate and be stated in ways that do not always run parallel to our accepted contemporary physical laws Searle also poses the question What is it about our experience that makes it impossible for us to abandon the belief in the freedom of the will 94 Searle examines this question from the perspective
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