Goal: Effectively describe how losing my faith in free will has improved the quality of my lived experience.
Stretch goal: Convince you that internalizing the implications of there being no free will can relieve certain kinds of suffering.
Caveat: This only discusses negative emotions. I hope to write about related effects on positive emotions in a separate post.
Internalizing the illusory nature of free will has led me to a series of conclusions that have reshaped the final form my negative emotions take. …
Late last year my friend Mark asked if I considered constant rational thinking to be an ideal cognitive state. An unusual question to be sure, but it fit well in the context of our conversation. My answer was a quick yes, but by being pushed to explain myself in writing, I detected a better case for rational thinking. That is to say a motivation to think rationally better than the one that propelled me towards rational thinking previously. I’m aware there’s a nontrivial amount of guesswork in analyzing motivations, but it feels good to try nonetheless.
From as far back as I can remember, I’ve understood my support of rational thinking as something…