For over a decade now I have not believed in "free will" in any shape or form. I have spent many hours of introspection trying to understand the process by which decisions get made and actions are executed. It is my final analysis that all thought is spontaneous. I do not create thoughts deliberately. I know this because I do not know how to create a thought from scratch. I have asked many people (who do believe they have "free will") how they go about creating a thought from scratch and nobody has ever been able to even begin to explain the process. They still, however, refuse to accept the possibilty that they are not somehow "in control". This addiction we have to control runs deep in the ego.
A long time ago I came up with two tests which I use with people to attempt to demonstrate their lack of volition:
TEST #1: Explain to me how you create a thought from scratch.
TEST #2: Stop all thought activity for one hour.
"Our conservative estimate is that Iraq has stockpiles of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent ... enough to fill 16,000 battlefield rockets," Secretary of State Colin Powell said in his prewar speech at the United Nations.
Say cheese ... but not in a pool or gym
Mobiles are to be banned from swimming pools across Australia amid fears that camera phones are being misused.
The ban will affect more than 300 gyms, pools and sports centres across the country run by the YMCAs of Australia.
This whole thing about mobile phones with cameras being used to "invade privacy" totally annoys me. So someone takes your photograph... big deal! Get over it! Are they hurting you in any way? Are they preventing you from living your life? Even if they do (shock! horror!) post your photo on the web... is that going to injure you in some way? Get over it people, before we legislate our way out of existence!!!
The UN Security Council has renewed a one-year exemption for US peacekeeping troops from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC). A resolution to renew the exemption for states which have not ratified the ICC's founding statute was adopted by 12 votes to none. France, Germany and Syria abstained. In response to the vote, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the legitimacy of peacekeeping missions would be undermined if the council repeatedly renewed exemptions for US soldiers. Germany's UN ambassador Gunther Pleuger also raised his concerns. Washington wants no part in the ICC arguing that the court could be used for politically motivated prosecutions. US officials have called the court a "fatally flawed institution."
Under French tricolor flags, the remains of 3,000 French soldiers who froze or starved to death two centuries ago during Napoleon's catastrophic invasion of Russia were laid to rest Sunday in Lithuania.