Free will

Q: “Do we have free will?”

A: Yes but mostly no.

Free will is like a placebo. It’s not quite as real as we believe but it works most of the time.

We operate through conscious and subconscious thought, but mainly identify with the conscious ones. Our projected consciousness is the feedback report from our mental operations and we get it hundreds of milliseconds after the fact.
This report is very good at hiding its own inadequacies and strives for consistency and the avoidance of confusion and desintegration of the mind.

The feedback tends to be consistent and likes to give a lot of credit to our conscious operation by definition since this is the part made apparent to us and relevant for decisions.
The operations on these decisions is the result of relevant brain faculties stimulating and inhibiting each other in very complex ways until there is balance achieved and a resolution. This does not mean it is not deterministic.

I figure that anxiety involves unresolved tensions and having to exercise restraint on tendencies we have, whether consciously or subconsciously. That is probably why it is associated with indecisiveness.

Q: “Does this mean nothing matters, if non-determinism is at the core of things?”

A: Even if there is non-determinism fundamentally it is a mistake to draw any conclusions like that because our minds and bodies operate on a macro scale of the universe and you should always be careful applying something to another level of scale of the world.

Our macro scale emerges from the micro scale and we have different branches of hard science focusing on different levels of scale.

So in essence it does not change anything, and if anything it was a mistake to consider the Free Will matter such a loaded topic, as if it needs us to choose sides on the most philosophical matters of life.
Again and again we discover that the world doesn’t work that way and the mistakes are in the way we ask questions and make assumptions rather than the universe being weird, even if it is very complex on vitually all levels.

Q: “But am I free or am I not free?”

A: Yes.

Seriously though, freedom is a paradox. If we are given one form of freedom we are always forced to give up another form of it. As far as I can tell: in principe this becomes proportionately less of a problem the more power one has over a situation (of any scope).

The ideal of freedom comes from the need for one or more kinds of freedom which are desperately lacking. This does not mean it all works the same way with ideals of ultimate freedom which might reflect general despair.

Happy 2020 everyone!

Z (the other one)

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