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The Free-Will debate

ImageSo 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.


About Bobby-Allen

I am a business student, biotechnology graduate, free thinker and rationalist living in my own dream world, floating along with the speck of dirt that we call earth. I love reading books, traveling, movies, music and all the amazing things that this life has granted us. Though only a few among us appreciate their true value. I consider myself a seeker, for truth and salvation. I have looked for the truth in human emotions, feelings, dogma, superstitions and now I have only come closer to the perimeter of truth which just keeps on shifting further and further away. Hope one day I reach my goal, the post where I have tied my dreams.


17 thoughts on “The Free-Will debate

  1. Do i have choice to ignore this post ?

    Posted by Rajesh Dudeja | April 11, 2012, 7:27 pm
  2. Isn’t it a disturbing topic, to say that there is no free will. I am so amazed! That means a murderer had no choice. Shit! How can we ever prosecute him?

    Posted by bobbyln | April 11, 2012, 7:35 pm
  3. I think it depends on how you are defining free will. If free will is the ability to decide at a given instance, we have free will. If free will is the juxtaposition of a number of causes and their cumulative outcome, which naturally is calculated yet not governed by a human being but by the physical forces, then no we don’t have free will.
    But in the realm of life itself, I think most of us have adequate free will to make a lot of our decisions without the universe essentially interfering with it. I can choose to go have a glass of water or not. I can defy the cause of being thirsty or conform to it and have a drink. So well, it depends how you define the case.
    P.S. I am also an ardent believer that human beings can never produce a machine that can think exactly like a human. Creative and meaningful reconstruction of thoughts can not arise out of 0s and 1s and that’s what is exclusive to us beings. But then, that is just an opinion I hold.

    Posted by Salman Latif | April 11, 2012, 7:49 pm
  4. So, if there is no freewill , it means everything is destined and has pre-decided fate ?

    Posted by Rajesh Dudeja | April 11, 2012, 8:45 pm
  5. How can that be? A person gets on being programmed according to his surrounfings. Best we can say is that future can be guessed but it still is unpreedicatable.

    Posted by bobbyln | April 11, 2012, 8:48 pm
  6. How can you believe there is no freewill ?

    Posted by Rajesh Dudeja | April 11, 2012, 10:17 pm
  7. Well, I am personally a positivist and in my opinion free will does not exist, but the debate about human progression comes in and the ability to make new things that do not already exist, which I try to explain by natural intervention but but but I have this sociology teacher who is one hell of a person and he believes that it is impossible to determine human origin properly, all we can make are assumptions and singling out a single factor is not correct, One must identify that both positivism and phenomenology existed simultaneously when humans “came to being as we know it”. We do have free will to some extent but we are slaves to the system? :S This is some confusing shit.

    Posted by Ahmed Turab | April 12, 2012, 8:40 am
  8. The Free Will debate is settled

    Posted by Rajesh Dudeja | April 14, 2012, 1:01 pm
  9. If human beings are programmed and there behavior depends upon the surroundings then all the people living in the same conditions will behave in a particular fashion which will be same right ?

    Posted by Saim Ahmad | April 14, 2012, 6:08 pm
    • Why would people living in same surroundings behave exactly in the same fashion?

      People would be born of different parents, therefore they will have different genetic make up and capability of logic and understanding in their brains. The first person who would start programming them would be their parents. Also while growing up, children would interact with each other and thus program each other. All the people in a surrounding won’t regularly see the same things or have the exact same incidents- So they all will naturally be different.
      But I will agree that if a particular group lives alienated from the external world without any contact than they will show more or less, same behavior and reaction towards any external stimulus.

      Posted by bobbyln | April 15, 2012, 11:25 am

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