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Do you control your brain, or does your brain control you?
Do we have free will to make decisions, or are all our thoughts just a series of molecular chain reactions in our brain that we have no control over? Is everything is predestined?


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12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:28:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I control my brain mentally and he controls me mentally but never will he have the edge over me .... never
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:42:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think its a mixture of both. You have free will but your brain chemistry can definitely influence it.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 7:03:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:42:17 PM Absynth wrote:
I think its a mixture of both. You have free will but your brain chemistry can definitely influence it.

thats a hard question. but i'd have to agree with that ^^^
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 7:40:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:42:17 PM Absynth wrote:
I think its a mixture of both. You have free will but your brain chemistry can definitely influence it.

Agreed. It's not 100% either way.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 7:40:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:42:17 PM Absynth wrote:
I think its a mixture of both. You have free will but your brain chemistry can definitely influence it.
On Wednesday 7/16/08 - 7:40:01 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Agreed. It's not 100% either way.

same
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 7:42:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
If you control your brain, what do you control it with....?
Your arm?
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 7:57:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:42:17 PM Absynth wrote:
I think its a mixture of both. You have free will but your brain chemistry can definitely influence it.


As well as what Jagger_Boaz said, where/what is this "you" that is separate from your brain? Is there a difference between a thought from "you" and a influencing chemical brain process, and if so, what?

In regards to the question, I don't think its appropriate to really distinguish between an "I" and the process that occur in my brain, so saying whether one influences the other doesn't make too much sense.

Might be a bit picky, but I don't think the term "predestined" is appropriate either really, it somewhat implies a will for events to occur, which isn't really related.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 10:02:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
brains are made of dirt and that's what they'll go back to being
also you can eat them, i saw it on silence of he lambs
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/16/08 - 10:54:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/16/08 - 6:42:17 PM Absynth wrote:
I think its a mixture of both. You have free will but your brain chemistry can definitely influence it.

Couldn't have put it better myself.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 12:38:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
My brain made me write this.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 12:53:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think myself & my brain are in a constant battle over who is in control.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 2:20:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
A brain works through the soul. And my soul is what controls me. This has room for education, background, beliefs, bringing up. All these factors are what create what you finally do!
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 3:30:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
So if your brain isn't in control what part of you is doing the controlling? Oh, the I part you say! Excuse me while I giggle!
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 7:15:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
The saying "your brain controls you" is false. If your brain controled you you would not be on here, and your life would be horrible. Ex: you want fun, the brain wants to get what it need for you to live.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 8:00:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
My brain is me...
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 8:01:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/17/08 - 8:00:16 AM Dooked wrote:
My brain is me...


did you type this message with your frontal lobe? :0)
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 8:11:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/17/08 - 2:20:23 AM ouiji wrote:
A brain works through the soul. And my soul is what controls me. This has room for education, background, beliefs, bringing up. All these factors are what create what you finally do!


What do you mean by your brain works through the soul? What does your soul do that your brain doesn't, and vice versa, and how do they interact with each other?
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 8:13:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/17/08 - 7:15:53 AM allamerican8 wrote:
The saying "your brain controls you" is false. If your brain controled you you would not be on here, and your life would be horrible. Ex: you want fun, the brain wants to get what it need for you to live.


Where did you get that from? Pleasure seeking pathways in the brain are reasonably well identified, reward is a key aspect in learning (why you give animals treats etc in training when they do something right), so it requires brain systems and chemicals (most notably dopamine) to do it. One of the reasons that people find certain substances pleasurable is because they stimulate these pathways.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 9:55:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think I'm in control, my brain helps but not any more than say, my lungs.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 10:00:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's a false distinction.

I am my brain.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 10:30:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
My brain only processes what I'm thinking. I am the one in control,
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 10:35:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/17/08 - 10:30:21 AM OmegaWarmech wrote:
My brain only processes what I'm thinking. I am the one in control,


how do you figure? what could you do without your brain?
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 11:39:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Your brain controls you... your brain IS you, really. That's where all our thoughts are (assuming you are the type of person who has thoughts ), that's where our memories are... the brain is in control!
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 11:39:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think my brain is in control
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 7/17/08 - 7:47:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
There's a part of my brain that tells me I'm still in control. And I can certainly use this reassurance. It's all that keeps me from tearing it out and tossing it out on the asphalt.

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