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reply to post by Wang Tang
Premise 1) In order for humans to possess free will, there can only be a single future.
I'm not sure why you are coming to this conclusion, as there is no inherent connection between those two concepts (if, for example, Many Worlds was valid, the act of making a free willed choice would be the thing that determined which of the two possible universes you would continue in.)
The bigger problem, though, is that there is no evidence for the Many Worlds theory, which competes with the Copenhagen Interpretation for an explanation as to why things work differently on a quantum level, but I think that the real issue is that we don't sufficiently understand the quantum world to the point where we can't dismiss quantum phenomenon as issues of observation or comprehension. Things get spooky at that level, but they may just be spooky because we lack the technology to make accurate observations of what's really going on.
reply to post by KellyPrettyBear
Thank you for your thoughtful response I can tell you have thought about this thoroughly. Do you think it is dangerous that the Western world is largely based on the assumption of Free Will when it seems we have so little or none at all? Because it seems to me there are practical benefits to a system based on the illusion of free will but I have not quite thought through the negative implications of a system based on this illusion.
Watch out for what you think because this kind of thought could really screw the life of many because of how the human mind/brain really works, dangerous stuff indeed to think as you just did.
A fascinating topic that encourages one to think outside the boundaries of conventional wisdom. I am still very much undecided on whether Free will is an illusion or not. There appears to be compelling reasonable information for each argument and I simply cannot conclude which is more likely to be correct.
I would have to agree with the previous poster whom suggested that seeing Free Will as an Illusion is the more "dangerous" philosophy as it encourages you to take less responsibility for your actions and makes your life appear more meaningless.
Nevertheless, I cannot shake off this strong persistent feeling that I know how this all plays out and I agreed to this before incarnating into this human vessel. Maybe this fits in more with what member Sovaka was saying before.
So what about the other universes?
Why should I care about them?edit on 4-12-2013 by bitsforbytes because: (no reason given)
I just threw a pen on my sleeping wife, that is not freewill?
reply to post by bitsforbytes
Not only are all futures possible, all futures actually happen. You are not choosing a future because you go through all of your possible futures. There is no you that is more actual than any other; the only reason you are under the impression that this is the actual you is because you are currently experiencing it. However, every other you in all of the other parallel universes also experience this phenomenon of feeling like the actual you.