The argument about whether or not we have Free Will is not a new one. It’s been debated time and time again between Determinists and Free Willy’s (yes, I support this name). So here are some thoughts I’ve kicked around that I haven’t as of yet heard anyone else mentioning.
For the record, I believe in Free Will. This stems mostly from different experiences I’ve had linked to one another directly or not-so-directly but that’s not what I want to write about. What I want to write about is looking at Free Will from the Deterministic side of things. It’s a good exercise for anyone to try to see things from an opposing point of view so off and on, I’ve been trying to think as if all thought was determined before hand, and all choices were the sum total of events going back to the beginning of time. It’s been an interesting thought experiment and obviously beyond my comprehension. I mean, think about that for a second. Everything I’ve ever chosen from my choice to start this blog to my favorite flavor of ice cream, has been determined by my birth, my parents choices, my grandparents choices, interaction and intervention of other people throughout my life and my ancestors life, possibly even weather, to the formation of the Earth, all the way back to the beginning of the Universe. So the very precise moment time began, my love affair for CheeseQuake from Dairy Queen had been determined. I never knew ice cream and man could be so romantic.
Then I started thinking a little deeper. If I knew and understood all of the events from the beginning of time that lead to my decision to shamefully order a large CheeseQuake blizzard, what if I chose Turtle Pecan Cluster instead? In other words, if I knew of every event, every affect, every domino in my life that determined the choices I would make, wouldn’t I then, and only then, be free to choose? If I had a God-like knowledge to understand every process that we call existence from quantum physics to sociology, then I would immediately know what choices I would make if I didn’t have said knowledge and choose something contrary.
Even if you believed in Determinism, wouldn’t this lend to the concept that at some point Free Will can exist?
Just a thought.
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