Mindfulness & Autonomy: Buddhist Theory of Free Will

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Mindfulness & Autonomy: Buddhist Theory of Free Will

Postby Nibbida » Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:37 pm

An interesting talk on the topic:

http://www.youtube.com/user/aaaricuny#p ... aHtmm46OP0

The introductory explanation for the talk:
"I argued in my dissertation that the 'hard' metaphysical problem of free will may be explained in simple, metaphysically 'easy' causal/functional terms as a product of the mechanics of metacognitive mental causation: There seems to be a causal connection between the extent to which the mind can "go meta-", or loop back in reflectively on its own processes (e.g., think about its thoughts, prefer its desires, etc.), and self-regulation (autonomy, free will), evident in sensory-motor agility, biofeedback, and a host of related phenomena of an equally mundane nature.

The present research explores two new directions to this line of thought: (1) the extent to which mindfulness and other meditation practices increase self-regulation or autonomy, and (2) the extent to which one may develop a cogent version of a Buddhist theory of free will based on these ideas.
"Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise." --Thomas Jefferson

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Re: Mindfulness & Autonomy: Buddhist Theory of Free Will

Postby Sobeh » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:46 pm

Interesting, but I'm unable to locate the remain 5/6ths of the talk.
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