Free Will is a Wretched Thing to Prove

A Poem By Gary // 2/24/2010

For then there would be a question rusting at the back of our cerebral cortex.

If we are equations and matrixes

Then soullessly let's plunder

Indignant to a tee.

Robots with strong AI just might take over the entire world -

So posits a nerdy chap

Philosopher as he casts

His die, and taps

His fingers to kill mutants.



I think I get the general gist of this, but after reading it several times I'm still blinking and running the processors in my head at top speed.  There are a couple of places were I don't entirely understand the flow of logic.  Nonetheless, I like this poem.  It makes me stop and think.

And thanks for posting!  I hope you post some more this year.

James | Wed, 02/24/2010

"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

Ditto to James

I like this a lot, but I'm still trying to work out the meaning...

Clare Marie | Sat, 02/27/2010

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

So... your'e against free

So... your'e against free will....right? I didn't actually understand this, you might want to explain better. I did like the last lines, though:

as he casts his die
and taps his fingers to kill mutants :)

Laura Elizabeth | Sun, 02/28/2010

The best stories are those that are focused, unassuming, and self-confident enough to trust the reader to figure things out. --

James-- It's about the propensity for

It's about the propensity for nerds like me to be rather obnoxious and pretentious regarding silly philosophical questions. I find it ironic how many philosophical conversations I've had that are so very linked to silly, childish moments in my life. Human condition I guess.

Gary | Mon, 03/01/2010


Not against free will at all. I love free will. What would life be without it? The poem is intentionally ambiguous though. Could be a rather large flaw, i suppose.

Gary | Mon, 03/01/2010


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