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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.
reply to post by thruthseek3r
Ah yes this is valuable insight that you just presented because you know firsthand how dangerous this philosophy can truly be. What worries me is that it is the danger of believing in the illusion of free will, and not the truth of it, that seems to convince people to take the side of free will. This brings up the question: How valuable is the truth if it is more destructive than a lie? While this question applies to the problem of free will, it is a question that also applies in many other aspects of our lives that I think most people never come close to resolving.
Well, it does lead me to question the illusion of free will somewhat if the truth of not having free will would be destructive.
If we none of us actually have free will, if everything is all determined, then why should knowing this destroy anything or in any way alter behavior? And why would you worry about it becoming widely known?
If it's is meant to be, it will happen.
This again brings me back to our place in the universe. It very well may be a universe in which everything is already determined, but because of our natures and our places in it. We are anchored and do not perceive ourselves to be in that kind of reality. We only see and perceive what's around us.
Until we can break out of this anchored existence, we might as well not be living in a predetermined world because everything we sense tells us otherwise. And if you could somehow convince people of the truth you mention, it would be destructive because many would stop trying believing that nothing would matter and that there would be no point, not realizing that for all that it may be truth, it really means very little overall.
reply to post by Wang Tang
This one is easy:
Free will exists based on this old maxim: “ignorance is bliss”
If you don’t see or know the rudiments of any given phenomenological events origins then you have free will.
If you see and understand that origin then you don’t have free will