Blog post # 90:
An Imprecise Fist
Troika Of Loci
An Aperiodic Sphere
I have only one item today.
The question: Do we have free will?
(Or are wills selling at 2 for the price of 1, at best?)
I would suspect that the answer is most likely "no".
Because every little action or thought we engage in is motivated by outside influences, I would guess.
I am thinking that free will exists only if the soul exists. We need our souls -- each the essence of the individual -- to be the un-manipulated motivation for our actions and thoughts, if free will is real. I guess what I am trying to say is, how can there be free will if we don't act and think from our own individuality anyway?
But I find the existence of the SPIRITUAL soul to be somewhat offensive to an agnostic/atheist such as myself.
So, what would be the next best thing to free will if we do not possess souls?
I think this would be the ability to act randomly.
Quantum physics does allow for perfect actual randomness unaffected by any outside influences, luckily.
(Ha, perfect randomness is lucky...)
If the mind, the brain, incorporates quantum physics when constructing consciousness, then maybe, maybe, perfect literal randomness may be one of many motivations for our actions and thoughts.
But I guess I wonder if it is possible to use this randomness in a way that IS influence by one outside (inside) thing: the most individual nature of one's own mind.
But if I act crazy because my mind has a chemical imbalance, and my mind has a chemical imbalance because the CIA fed me LSD years ago, then acting according to only the nature of my mind and randomness is NOT free will. The CIA is behind my actions, even if only tenuously.
So, I must dig deeper to find that part of me that is not influenced by outside forces.
Where is it? Must the soul exist for there to be true individuality?
Or can I construct pure individuality from randomness alone?
Your thoughts? (Hopefully your OWN thoughts...)