Saturday, August 21, 2004

Drugs and Ego

The fact that a drug can effect the decisions "I" make seems to be evidence of the nonexistence of the ego. If a drug affects my choices then they really aren't choices at all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you add a cherry on top of a sundae, is it still a sundae? of fucking course. bad analogy. i do not care though. simply because something can influence one's decisions does not indicate that decisions do not exist in the first place. by smoking pot...doing are yes 'you' are making a decision to partake in an activity that will alter your thinking process. affect your decisions. you are choosing. shouldnt the mere fact that one can be influenced be evidence of the ego?

1:46 AM  
Blogger Mime Narrator said...

I would argue that other factors caused the "choice" to take the drug.

1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant you choose whether or not to let yourself be affected/effected by such factors? i hope i have not given myself away...

2:08 AM  
Blogger Mime Narrator said...

I don't think that you can. If you were to make such a choice then THAT choice would be affected by other factors. Free will requires that choices come out of a void, influenced by nothing. This is physically impossible.

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a vacuum? so very subjective. but. i see it as such that i make conscious decisions constantly to let myself be swayed by the millions of little nothings that intrude upon my life. maybe it is impossible to cut out all the influences and maybe that means that nothing one ever does is truly an independent action, but i still enjoy the notion of free will.

2:19 AM  
Blogger Mime Narrator said...

Yes but all those little things are all you have to make your "choices" based on. If they weren't there no choice would be made. They are the choice. Even so, I do believe in free will. The laws of the universe may control the my actions, but my actions control the laws of the universe in the very same way.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I wish I were able

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

great minds leave me behind

9:51 AM  

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