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August 17, 2023

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"If the moon, in the act of completing its eternal way around the earth, were gifted with self-consciousness, it would feel thoroughly convinced that it was traveling its way of its own accord..."

Isn't this what Atheists argue?
Doesn't this make Atheism an illusion?

If the moon, in the act of completing its eternal way around the earth, were gifted with self-consciousness, it would feel thoroughly convinced that it was traveling its way of its own accord... So would a Being, endowed with higher insight and more perfect intelligence, watching man and his doings, smile about man's illusion that he was acting according to his own free will.

Ohhhhh, how beautiful, thank you!

“... a belief in free will, though wrong, can be useful.”

Yes, Just like the companion beliefs of a separate self, a separate mind and a separate consciousness. All handy mental attributes for navigating our environment, though not to be taken to be actual entities, just part of our psycho/physical, non-dualistic, natural reality.

59% of philosophers are soft determinists

Only 11% of them believe "there is literally no free will."

So while the perception of having total free will is indeed an illusion, most experts on this subject don't hold that the perception of free will is an absolute illusion.

https://philarchive.org/archive/BOUPOP-3

Really, there is no need for us to have a ‘free will’, nature has endowed us through our amazingly evolved brains the ability to process its immeasurable amounts of information to give us innumerable choices – and also to elicit the most appropriate choice for the situations encountered. We can call our ability to choose, free will if we like, but that can carry the connotation of something separate and other-worldly. The same goes for the concept’s ‘self’ and ‘mind’.

Demystifying such concepts, to realise that they are natural cognitive processes is to take steps to really free ourselves from false thinking and beliefs and to enable us to embrace our natural existence.

When every living creature is 100% dependent upon the creation every second for its survival, how can we speak about free will? We are dependent on things well outside our area of awareness. But to see this, to grow our awareness may depend upon belief first in what we cannot yet see.

Belief is like a targeting system for the engine of our awareness and attention. And persistent attention and persistent attention to refining our attention, purifying it, raising it, unlocks mysteries from the dark and illuminates them. Mysteries we are connected to.

Belief may be ill formed, like trying to aim towards a target in a dark room. Any physicist will tell you that they have a method for doing just that, and have discovered much that is hidden in that darkness.

And so too a mystic.

A little film on this very subject:
https://youtu.be/2ac-VFxMZys?si=xAb1FlSRrlQLOVIJ

and the text on which it was based:
https://www.integralworld.net/lane224.html

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