17 – On the Concept of Free Will …

The fact that in some circles the controversy between Free Will and Determinism in Nature is still debated, is a clear indication of how dominated we are by irrational arguments. As with Evolution versus Creationism or Theism versus Atheism, some of us believe that for our claim to be true the opposing one must be false.

Determinism is the concept that the worlds of the microcosm and the macrocosm are pre-determined by antecedent causes or by natural events (Note the exclusion of the world of the human being).

Free Will is the concept that rational agents have a choice of a course of action from among various alternatives (Note here that the concept refers only to rational agents, meaning us, since we absurdly believe that we are the only rational agents in Nature).

 The inexorable pull of determinism in the way our existence inevitably progresses towards optimum stages of development and its disintegration thereafter, is obvious to us. And so is the autonomy and freedom of our restless minds.

Determinism and Free Will don’t oppose each other; on the contrary, they complement each other. So why are we still debating them? Couldn’t it be that some people in power use the debate to forward their absurd beliefs?

There is no refuting the facts that all natural systems (atoms, molecules, human beings, solar systems, galaxies) are components of a multi-dimensional Universe. But when a dimension, like the dimension in which human beings exist, is perceived from other dimensions – the dimension of our solar system or the Milky Way, for example – we become indiscernible.

Free Will and Determinism are innated in Nature, but they are relative to the dimensions in which they are experienced and from which they are observed. 

To bring this concept to a level we can easily relate to, let’s try them on you, the person reading these words. As a current component of the planet we call Earth, you are, without doubt or further discussion, in possession of a relative degree of freedom to go places or choose from different options or decide what to do about tomorrow. But in the same way as a neuron in your own brain … extending its tendrils to reach other neurons in the making of your mind … cannot be perceived from the dimension of your daily existence, your existence cannot be perceived from the dimension of the planet. You are as imperceptible from that dimension, as a neuron is imperceptible from your dimension. Have you seen the beautiful images of Earth taken from space? … there is no sign of you in them. But there you are! Choosing. Trying to live your Life as best you can, yet at the same time knowing that your freedom has limits.

In the indomitable will to self-perpetuate, in the instinctive drive to bond, in the compelling urge to leave our mark in the world, Free Will is the engine of purpose and design, it is the fundamental force that makes us active participants in the unfolding or our own evolution, yet we are pre-determined to return, after we have made our mark in the world, into the ingenious unknown from where we were created.

Reviewed July 2017

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