Technically speaking, I can't help myself.
I don't know how many of you follow Scott Adams blog but it's littered with free will debate.http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert...ittle_robo.htmlhttp://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert...lawyer_eve.html
[Note to the first person who says, “But I can CHOOSE and a robot can’t! Therefore I have free will!” That’s not an argument. It’s a collection of words.]http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert...ogy_police.html
But unpredictability is a nonsense argument when it comes to free will. I can’t predict the weather with exactness, but weather doesn’t have free will. It’s simply complicated.
Most scientists (as quoted in the articles you can find linked from free will topics on the blog) argue something along the lines of a binary choice in our world. You are either random or pre-determined. I recommend reading up on those few bits and pieces before imparting your thoughts.
Here are mine:
Initially I was unsure. I would like to be able to choose exactly what I do. But the more the free will debate lodged itself in my mind, the more I would find myself 'testing' it. I was drunk at one point over the christmas holidays. If I am just a complex meat machine, cause and effect determines that I have no control over the effects the alcohol has on my system. I tried to test if I could think and move just as well If I really tried. I tried to play the piano. I tried to play a song I know so damn well that I barely have to be conscious. But thanks to the drinking I had a block at a certain point which I know absolutely fine. I had to get the book out because my brain just wasn't able to find that memory thanks the alcohol and it's predictive affects.
I guess I am just a machine. Obviously my test is only a basic one and not remotely controlled but there could be a way to control it. Get people in various states to be subject to things (drinking isn't a bad model but surely there are more subtle forms of intake) and then get them to do a simple reaction speed test. Drinking is known to affect reactions but if we have free will we could surely disconnect this chain of cause and effect.
So my view is that free will probably is an illusion but It's a sad thing to think. I also find it interesting that people immediately say society won't work. We rely on responsibility as our justice system. People who commit crime aren't responsible. It is a physical and chemical imbalance in our brain. If that's the case, so it is for successful people. If criminals shouldn't be punished they shouldn't be paid loads as they both aren't responsible.
I'll know free will doesn't exist if one day I wake up and genuinely want to have children of my own.
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