Free Will and |
ree will is the result of indeterminacy applied to
consciousness. The actions of an individual are
specifically unpredictable in principle.
Random external inputs and random internal
'accidentals' (physical failures of information
insulation: dying cells. cosmic rays, etc.) provide
unpredictability of form.
Unpredictability of interaction is logically
guaranteed because knowledge of the future in
principle constitutes input upon which future
action is based. It is self-referential.
Because one cannot predict one's own future action
(in a deterministic fashion), the activities of
consciousness are defined as 'free will'.
We cannot, in principle, predict the future because were we able to do so ... that information would constitute a "new" state thus altering the conditions upon which the prediction was made. Thus, if we were to "know" that we are to be run over by a truck at a certain intersection at a certain time ... we would simply not go near that intersection thus voiding the prediction.
One can go through all sorts of mental gyrations to defeat this logic, however, it cannot be changed. There is no way to predict the future unless that prediction does not affect the outcome. And every prediction requires some physical action which in turn affects everything else in the universe (at least in some vanishingly small way) thereby ruining absolute prediction.
Free will is congruent with consciousness.
It follows then that the individual alone is the
responsible generator of his own willed actions
within the context of known alternatives.
It may also be understood that all discussions
concerning free will are 'academic' (without
consequence). No form of input or definition
alters the nature of man.
By the principle of indeterminacy as applied to
consciousness, it is impossible to constrain human
behavior within strictly defined limits. Hence, a
bifurcated graph of psychological male / female forms
two normal overlapping distributions where physical
characteristics determine the placement of each
individual on one or the other graph. (The overlap
of the physical graph is far less than the
Any constraint of behavior or definition of man
becomes additional self-referential input which
alters the behavior and definition. Hence. man has
a specific nature which may be defined. But that
definition once known alters (to a degree) the
beings so defined.
Nature places constraints on man which cause a
desire to learn about those constraints. But the
act of learning constrains the definition of man
(as a learning entity). This causes a desire for
random information acquisition (fun) rather than
structured information acquisition (school). These
are 'complimentary' principles. An excess of one
induces the other.
It is then impossible for living entities to remain
stationary in either the physical or psychological
In principle all men cannot be constrained to be
alike To be like all others is to lose one's
identity as the unique center of existence which
originated in infancy. To have all one's thoughts
and actions known to others is also to lose one's
identity by 'dispersal'. Hence, all individuals
seek privacy and do not divulge everything known to
them without sensing a
need to acquire new information to rebuild a
separate and distinct self.