So free-will was a hoax and we had been fooled to believe it for thousands of years. It is not the fault of human kind that it always thought it had the freedom of choice. Free choice in a real world is an illusion. This illusion is created by our brain. It is an evolutionary benefit to the Homo sapiens if they thought that they had a free choice to decide whether they wanted to live in a cave or get devoured by a wild animal. Or as I may say for the present world, when you ditch your girlfriend, her brother would say that you had the free will to choose her for the many qualities she possessed but you had nothing like that.
Human beings are just like computers. Yes! More advanced than the best ones in our times but I am sure that in the future, the likes of Wozniak and Steve Jobs will be able to build computer systems that would be conscious as we are and would have the same delusions of ( Maybe God) or Free-will as we have. Some may say how can computers be ever like human beings? But darling! We are products of billions of years of evolution, hits and trials that have gone through in nature and if blind forces can create people like us than why can’t we ‘’the intelligent species’’ create intelligent systems that can be more advanced than us?
Now, many of you must be thinking that I am crazy. There is free will in the world; you know that God created us with that. So, my first point would be gentlemen to remove this God Hypothesis from the equation. Just remove it, trash it or lock it in your bank. Now think, whenever a person does something, there must be an underlying cause behind the action of every person. If there is no cause, then the person is acting without a cause that implies acausality. So, where did the stimulus to do something come from?
When you kiss your baby child, when you are emotional, happy in a Goa tour with your family, sad when your loved one died, elated when you passed your exams with flying colors, what was the action that caused the happy, joyous, sad, angry reaction in you? You know that there has to be cause or any action would then be the result of the stimuli by a transcendent force. Transcendent here means something that is beyond the general rules of causality and nature.
As we have already dumped God, we are left to think that our mundane actions had a mundane cause that brought it up. This is a serious debate that can be stretched into hours. I am ready to do that debate in the comments section.
A rock hits a man on his head while he is traveling to his home. So what caused the rock to fall? A sea tide caused that rock to fall from the bottom of a shallow coast to the side of a gorge. The tide was caused by the gravitational pull of the moon. The moon was caused by the after-effects of the Big Bang which resulted in the expansion and rapid cooling of all matter. So, who is responsible for the death of that man who was just going along, whistling ‘’singing in the rain’’ to his home? Continuous regression of causes can bring us to a point where we don’t know how to travel backwards. But if we don’t know, we can’t just put our acausal God as the reason or maybe Gandalf! Let’s give science a chance, so that they may find an answer.
I know that in Quantum physics, fundamental particles sometimes just arise out of nothing. People call it a mystery, slow-minded call it mystical, but we as scientists can still predict things in quantum void. Though we don’t know what causes things in quantum void, but we still have correct predictability. Anyone who doesn’t know science must understand that in the case of scientific theories, three things that make it viable are logical arguments, self-correction and predictability. We have ‘em all!!
Anyways, the major question that lies before humankind today is not if free-will is true or not? It is that what if it was all a delusion, a concoction of the brain? What then?
There are several questions that can come before the legal system, the society, everyone that would live beyond our times. How to solve it?
There are many people that I have met who feel uneasy when they face my question; what if there is no free will? Running away from truth won’t solve anything. I think that without free will, we can have unlimited opportunities to develop into whatever we want to and fulfill our dreams. I will talk about this in my second blog article. First, I would like to listen to your views and discuss. Thanks.