Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - Determinism -vs- Free Will
The individual has free will in so much as their past and present will allow them the options from which they may choose, but these actions are subject to the same laws of determinism. I do not believe that we have free will in the sense that we may choose beyond what is possible for us. My belief is that there is nothing unnatural in reality; everything possible in reality is natural, and everything natural is based upon events prior to the time subject to scrutiny coming together to make that instance. The instant in question could be considered a culmination of events to that point, but there is no true zenith in reality. I believe that we have what we may call free will, but I do not believe we actually have the freedom which it denotes. We are as complex as any culmination in question. Our predetermined sympathies, instincts, learned responses and subconscious expressions - everything that we've done or thought or been exposed to has added up to our action at the event, the choice is made on whatever bias we will have in that situation.
Flipping a coin to make your choices allows you two options. Options that have been predetermined by yourself or another or the event, putting your choices into the flipping of a coin would seemingly take away the human element, but I would contest that it adds to it. For, why would someone choose to flip a coin to make their decision? What were the values they assigned to 'heads' or 'tails'? This is merely another ritual in the decision process of the human mind. Where some will weigh and balance what they believe will work favourably, others will supposedly give up their 'free will' in the tossing of a coin - I argue that flipping a coin is simply another manner of choosing and that determinism will have assigned the values that they place on the face of the coin. Choosing to flip a coin is determined by habit or fancy - I propose that all action is determined by previous actions. I would also say that 'the butterfly effect' theory is one which supports my argument.
I would like to ask you to take a moment to think. If you froze the world right this second, all weather halted, everything stuck in this moment of time, and you could know everything there is to know about the history of each being, object, ect - you would be able to trace back where each desicion was made, where each action led to a reaction, where each event caused another event.
I need to get more sleep. Anyways, I'm always open to changing my beliefs, opinions and/or theories - so if anyone has anything to say, feel free to give me a shout.