Saturday, February 19, 2011

Let's Talk About: Free Will

I'd thank you for reading this blog. If you wouldn't have done so anyways.

"But I wanted to look at this blog."

Yeah but why? Thousands of tiny external forces are influencing your decision, your brain processing them all. If that's the case does free will truly exist?

If we classify free will as "The ability to have done otherwise in the same circumstances" is that true? Could you just have easily not clicked the link to this page if everything were exactly the same? How can you be sure your "decisions" aren't just the result of thousands upon thousands of external forces putting in their two cents as to what you should do?

Does this make me happy?

Will this waste my time?

Is this interesting?

Simple questions like that can be external sources, a way of processing what you want. So do you really decide what you want to do? Or does your mind just do it for you? Can something as ambiguous as force of will or whatever "spiritual spark" you believe in really enough to overthrow the streamlined thinking process of the human brain?

1 comment:

  1. Rush had it right, "You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill; I will choose a path that's clear
    I will choose freewill" etc.. etc..

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