My response is below! An outstanding post from Ms. Becciu (yet again). Enjoy.
Awesome research study and I agree with the conclusion. As a German native speaker I find it much easier to converse difficult emotional issues in English simply because I become distant. I always believed that.
I don’t agree with you conclusion that we make choices “freely because we are are ignorant”. I think that’s overstating what the paper is saying. I would contest that the notion of ‘risk’ (big theme in my blog) forces is to thing carefully about our freedom. Yes, a lot of it is trial and error but some risks are better than others and only you can decided what they are. I do concede that, that this thing called ‘I’ is problematic but I cannot not, make a conscious choice without thinking that I made this choice. Ahm…. I hope, I made some sense here.
I totally agree with this. Most choices are forms of risk assessment (based on numerous factors, including subjective values as well as rational analysis). In fact, I believe that one of the biggest problems in moral philosophy is the inability to discuss and account for risk. Descriptive fields, such as game theory and cognitive science, have thus outpaced moral philosophy enormously, simply because they take risk into account.
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