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Dudley Dowell
free will
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Is free will really free?


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PrintWed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM
No, but it is a persistent illusion. Many people who cannot fathom a world without the kind of "freedom" they believe they have will often point to quantum uncertainty as a way to escape the cause and effect problem of determinism. The problem is, true randomness (if it exists) or quantum uncertainty (i.e., Heisenberg's principle) is not freedom—it is simply indeterminism. Through social psychology we understand that our thoughts and behaviors are influenced by our biology and environment—that is it. There cannot be anything else. Even if we posit (unscientifically) some magic "freewill" based on a "soul," we need to ask how is this soul free to make choices? Did we have a choice for a good soul or a bad soul? On what information does this soul base choices? Well, on the information acquired in our lives through our environment. We are a result of our biology and environment, as are all the choices we make.
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