Convention on the Rights of the Child
I stumbled across a UNICEF Rights of Children set of recommendations for countries to accept. I read through a few pages and I honestly think UNICEF is doing their thinking well (pdf).
Sam Harris and Free Will
Sam Harris continued on his No Free Will topic and lost me a little at the end with “You Do Not Choose What You Choose“. I get what’s happening but it is really hard to illustrate free will. There’s the argument that if you have any choices you have free will, which is not what I think. But the argument has a rational construction. I think you have very limited choices and your choices are essentially software commands such as “Eat a healthy breakfast. Calculate the correct amount of risk. Select one of many similar objects.” And then our active conscious mind gets a chance to use abstract or learned principles to evaluate a best answer. At any time, we can opt to make a rushed choice.
That choice has an effect, but it overlooks a serious level of lack of choice that is happening to limit the things you can choose among or limit the tools you have to evaluate the choice. For example, if healthy food is expensive, then choosing to eat healthy is a choice poor people can’t make. If eating healthy food is counter intuitive, eating healthy food is a choice uneducated people can’t make. Life being complex means if something is counter-intuitive or expensive, the person may have the brains and the money in general but spend their time and effort on something they think is a higher priority. That could create a vicious cycle. Stuff like that robs us of future choices and the initial choice to start a cycle isn’t always in the form of “I’m going to make a bad choice that haunts me”. It tends to be way less thought out than that.
I don’t know why but I like following this blog by a woman who has pet anteaters. Well, I kind of know why. But I’m surprised I haven’t lost interest in awhile.