In short, we’re always comparing the past with the past.

There’s no way anyone but me can know that. Even a brain scan that shows activity that’s theoretically prior to my conscious awareness of it doesn’t negate my choice in the matter.

It is true, of course, that we do things and then tell stories about why we did them after that fact. We justify our recent past (now) actions against further past patterns to try to explain “what just happened”, predicting / anticipating certain responses form the environment based upon past experience.

In short, we’re always comparing the past with the past.

Just the same, it doesn’t negate the freedom of my choices.

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