So I'm stuck on a thought here...Or a series of thoughts ..
Every decision you make affects where you'll be at a given point at a given time, ultimately completely affecting your life. If I decide to get a glass of water before I start this netflix show, I will be thirty seconds behind where I would be if I were to get the water during the show. That thirty seconds, later in your life, could determine who you run into, a life or death situation, or even something small like whether or not you make it to work on time. Most people know this as the "butterfly effect." That a butterfly's wing flap could potentially cause a Tsunami in the long run. The idea that every decision you make is ultimately the most important decision of your life. It makes me think that everything HAS to be for a reason. Well, quantum physics shows that every possibility that COULD happen WILL happen, but once consciousness is involved it only shows one possibility. This is shown with the double slit experiment and has been talked about with the Schrodinger's Cat. Well this would mean that every moment of your life would be playing out infinite times, according to quantum physics. But Consciousness stops the randomness and makes a predictable path based off your consciousness. This would mean that consciousness itself could be what gives us free will, the thing preventing the randomness. But where is the free will if we are on a "non-random" path. Well you may think, "I can decide right now to move my hand up in the air", but that decision would be because I am currently typing this (or you are reading it), and I'm typing this because I had a thought, I had the thought because I decided to walk outside, etc. "Given past experiences and given the laws of nature, your future is determined for you." This is simply known in Philosophy as "Determinism".



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Sat, 06/28/2014 - 2:58am

Yea that's so true, kind of relevant and irrelevant, but right now I'm in Australia all because I knew a guy back in highschool, that connection (albeit a simple acknowledgment of my existence from being in one class together) has changed my life nearly a decade later

 
 
Sat, 06/28/2014 - 3:03am

i agree with everything you said. what was your question?

"This would mean that consciousness itself could be what gives us free will, the thing preventing the randomness. But where is the free will if we are on a "non-random" path."

your consciousness is what you have to base your freely-willed-decisions with. if you weren't conscious, you would not be able to make choices, thus you wouldn't have free will... however, some are able to control their dreams, which is a different story. you are semi-conscious while dreaming, and some are able to be more aware of their semi-consciousness than others are, allowing them the freedom to make choices while dreaming.

"Well you may think, "I can decide right now to move my hand up in the air", but that decision would be because I am currently typing this (or you are reading it), and I'm typing this because I had a thought, I had the thought because I decided to walk outside, etc. "Given past experiences and given the laws of nature, your future is determined for you." This is simply known in Philosophy as "Determinism".""

are you thinking, maybe you only make decisions because of pre-determined factors such as the influences of your circumstances and what you're able to experience? maybe your experiences perpetuate their influence on you? like you are only ever influenced, and not ever able to influence your own life? the thing about choices is that you are given many to choose from. you can use any kind of reasoning you want to make whatever kinds of choices you ever want. do the factors make the choices for you, or do you choose based on reasoning, and by understanding the variety of possible outcomes each choice can lead towards? free will is a fairly obvious truth to me, because there are 8 billion unique people on earth, each of whom are able to make different decisions for different reasons. if anyone is able to have free will, i think reason is the best way to exercise the ability. remember you are able to use effort, use your abilities, use your options, and do what you want to do. responsibilities will eventually become an important part of everyone's life, but fortunately we are each only responsible for so very little, and have plenty of room for freedom. remember how many things are free to use, and free to explore.

 
 
Sat, 06/28/2014 - 8:13am

Through past experiences and past choices we are often able to predetermine the result of our actions before we make them thus giving us the free will to take a different course of action and have a different affect. Its hard for me to believe in determinism just because feelings change and people change. My feelings,moods, and outlooks about things change on a daily basis. I just feel like with the amount of grey areas and constant change in the world determinism is very far from probable, but if it was true it would suck.Imagine, every single action of every single living being progressing towards one predetermined end and we are completely unaware, no thank you. I CHOOSE to believe in free will because it makes me happier thinking i have some control over my own life but who knows man? Maybe my belief in free will is predetermined...