"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." ― Albert Einstein
As wise persons say, we shouldn’t trust our instincts about free will. It is stated that it is just an illusion and that this instinct is wrong. It comes from our imagination and no one had it ever. Everything is “precise”, meaning our choices are either determined by past actions or random.
IS OUR INTUITION A FREE WILL? IS IT IN CONFLICT WITH SCIENTIFIC AND PHILOSOPHICAL ARGUMENTS?
Let’s imagine that in this universe, everything that happens or ever happened was caused by something that happened before it. For example, if Mary was involved in a car accident, this happened because she woke up at 9 instead of 8 and was late for work so she rushed and … crushed. A very explicit and intriguing movie that suits my topic is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
If free will is an illusion, then consciousness is just a brain process? Can we compare morality to mathematics? What happens with us when being brain damaged? Who controls the choices we make?
On one hand, scientists say that consciousness consists of neurons taking action in certain brain areas, but on the other hand, experimental philosophers say that out instincts about consciousness are triggered by specific replies. More in depth, we associate parts of our bodies/looks to other beings, triggering our intuition to not harm them. Now we can ask ourselves, does free will/ intuition work on criminals? What determines them to provoke such misfortune?
Taking these into consideration, is free will a fantasy? What about our perceptions (love, hate, disgust, anxiety, depression, fury, excitement etc)? Aren’t they the only ones that make us humans?
Written by : Alexandru Manea (3:15)