Why “Free Will” Cannot Possibly ExistPosted: February 23, 2009
Free, by definition, means ‘without laws’. A law is an external pressure that must be followed (and thus, not able to be changed). The three laws of motion are perfect of examples of this. Will is the ability to control actions in the persuit of a goal. Free Will then, means ‘the ability to control actions in the persuit of a goal without external pressures that cannot ‘. In truth, I was just BSing those definitions, but they are close enough to one of those at a dictionary site. Here’s one for Free Will from answers.com:
The power of making free choices that are unconstrained by external circumstances or by an agency such as fate or divine will.
An external circumstance is basically an input. Since Will is an output, and outputs must come from inputs, either free will cannot exist, or it is a random generator, and even then, it is not ‘free’, but merely ‘chaotic’. Freedom and chaos go hand in hand, and a random generator would create truly chaotic wants and wills. So chaotic in fact, that the natural selection would snuff out any organism that had the system in it. I am sure it has done it millions of times by now. Randomness is so easy to create, but so hard to control. When it is controlled though, it is very powerful. That is off topic though.
An input can be from anything. The five senses are the most obvious of the imput devices the brain has at its disposal. In truth, there are a lot more than that though. The cochlea, a set of rings in the inner ear IIRC (might have a detail wrong), will actually tell you if you have balance or not, and when combined with sight, may cause car-sickness (brain given two opposite but correct stimuli making it think it is moving but not at the same time). Inner input, like the output of the last thought could claim to be usable for free will, except for the fact that all of those thoughts are created from the vast collection of infomation harvasted from external input devices. For those who think there is a god, and that it can control though, that is just another type of input, and a very external one at that. But then, what if there was a soul? The soul would technically not be an external force, but where would it get its ideas for free will? Like the body, any thoughts it has must first formulate with external thoughts. If there is no external thought to say that the processor exists, the processor will never known on its own. That statement can be tested in fact, once sentinent computers are possible.
The notion that will could possibly free is an impossibility, as thought cannot form without an external force, and everything thought is derived from that external force (or others in the future).
Don’t think you lost any control though, if you cannot refute this thesis even by just calling it false without any counter-claim. You don’t technically have to believe this. What you could have possibly lost was a perception of control that you did not happen.
This is under Game Theory if only because it proves one element that possibly could effect it cannot.