I worked for Schering-Plough pharmaceuticals for a few years about 20 years ago. they didn’t manufacture anything that would kill anybody – maybe the animal drugs division I don’t know. mostly I was working with Claritin when it was still under patent. I signed so many non-disclosure agreements. there’s always class action lawsuits against drug companies because they are a big side of a barn to hit and they readily pay to avoid too much scandal while working there I concluded that they are not immoral. but what they are is amoral : their ethical stances are guided by avoiding lawsuits. lawsuits are part of operating costs but I wouldn’t say they knowingly market dangerous drugs that they knew would kill people drug companies don’t change much of the product they make : they modify existing products because all of the strong drugs have already been made 60 years ago everything they make now is weak and barely functions so that they can sell more product. they have to beat placebo only by 5% which is their goal. they don’t make drugs too strong because they want it to be applicable for as many millions of people as possible

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well i went the equivalent of 22 Minecraft miles before it started bumping me out like before, so I’ll treat that as “go no further for now” (Hitgirl60 at 45;1 at 18000 65 0 is as far as I’ll go in that direction – doublechecked with L1l_Avenger’s plot at 45;2 which is at 18000 65 410) So now I’ll see what I can do in another direction; I’m going from plot to plot marking down names in Excel.

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What is free will? As far as I know, it is the freedom for an agent to choose. How free is free? Some notion of “absolute physical freedom” is unlikely, as we seem to be bound to this planet in our bodies, although technology helps. But what is “wanting”? There are no limits to what you could want. What you want may or may not exist even. You’re not bound by physical rules when you imagine. Make plans. Have hopes and create scenarios in your head that are not real. You can imagine things you don’t want or that you believe simply are or aren’t. Having a will does not mean to having the way. Usually, though, free will means the ability to make choices. Mother makes choices. The child makes choices here. The mother creates a scenario that encouraged a response at that time. The timing had to be perfect. If it was after he had eaten too much candy and had a bellyache, this could have still been a response but a few other responses come to mind. We to tend to operate on Scripts. Much of life is a choose-your-own-adventure, but we have piles of scripts to choose from in every situation – but we are not BOUND by these Scripts. You can make choices that are not on paper, particularly when you are in a situation that is unfamiliar and foreign and you are unprepared for. So what’s really happening in the child’s head? And of course there’s the question of right and wrong here which takes the conversation in another direction, which I expect most people will take rather than a free will discussion. But I could be wrong. And the ability to be wrong is a precious gift. There’s a lot of freedom in that.

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John Blaise Lent well I like to break it down because I’ve been studying the brain for a while and have a few ideas on how things work but not a lot. like I’ve been focused on the notion of “salience” for a few years: what makes something seem important? another has been the notion of intention: is it goal based, etc 

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I’m 50. I was a Boy Scout at the tail end of Skill Awards in the 1980s, right after they got taken over in a hard-right conservative coup that moved the HQ of the Boy Scouts from NJ to Texas, hired a very old Boy Scout sketch artist to redo the Boy Scout Handbook to be “less 70s”, getting rid of urban scouting (read: well, you can read between the line there), most of the stuff on the environment, etc. They got rid of THESE about a year after I left in the mid-80s because they were considered PARTICIPATION TROPHIES and “not “real Merit Badges””. So yes, they complained about “participation trophies” in the 80s when I was growing up too .The difference is: I BELIEVE in rewarding people for participating. It might not be much – and ofc it’s not a 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Nevertheless, it’s an event worth remembering. In this case, these were demonstrations of skills and I worked on the ones I got (not this many). Adults helping out in Scouts were hard to find around me in the 80s so getting Merit Badges was almost impossible by me logistically but Skills I could do on my own and prove. And people putting wrong words into Charlie Brown’s mouth really should stop. /s

I’m 50. I was
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