The Most Important Question Ever Askedabracad, · Categories: purpose, science and spirituality
What's the Deal with Free Will?
Whether or not we have free will is (arguably) the most significant question we ask about ourselves and the reality we inhabit. It is synonymous with: is (our) existence meaningful? (or just an accidental curiosity of indifferent fate?)
What is Free Will?
In a deterministic universe every event is the result of its causes, and in turn acts as causes to following events. There is no place for free will.
However, science suggests that at its most fundamental level nature is not deterministic. It is governed by quantum mechanics which, to the best of current knowledge, means that fundamental particles behave randomly. But because there are so many of them, on aggregate they average out to appear deterministic. But randomness is not free will.
Free will is the ability to act as a first cause, ie in some way that is not the result of preceding events. (more…)