reply to post by Wang Tang
After centuries of debate the problem of free will still remains unresolved with no end in sight. I cannot say one side is definitively right, but I
do believe that our evidence almost exclusively points towards the deterministic side being right. Despite not being able to know with certainty that
there is no free will, I think we may have sufficient evidence to believe that it does not exist. Here is why.
In my study of the concept of free will vs determinism, I have come to realize this:
Humans DO have the free will to make whatever decision they want (which is almost always influences by other factors, real, imagined, conscious,
It is a FACT that there WILL be a SINGLE outcome. Does this mean everything is determined? To a degree, but it doesn't negate the concept of free
In the course of any individual, or any lifetime, or any reality, there exists an infinity of possible outcomes, yet only one (at least in our
dimension/reality) will manifest.
Since time is essentially one, and we only see time (distinction as past/present/future) because we are bound by temporal existence, there is infinity
of our choices and outcomes.
Once we make a choice, however, it becomes "reality." (For us, at least, and those who perceive it)
Our choice is, essentially, already determined...by our free will to make it. So, it doesn't matter what choice we make, it will have been determined
by that fact that we have made it.
We are determined to make the choice we end up making, whatever that free will choice is.
No "god," nothing "determining" things for us, but by our own choices in the chance of infinity bring forth actuality.
That's what I have learned.