Wednesday, December 15, 2010
What is the Mind and it’s Relation to the Brain? Free Will vs. Free Choice
In the case of free will, living in a casual universe should give us the answer explicitly. Yet it does not feel so, and that is because we mistake free will with free choice. Free will is when one can will to do something, free from any kind of restraint. In other words, free will is randomly willed choice. No such thing is possible in a casual brain; all of your choices are predetermined by your personality, and other external factors that you have no control over. Even if we take free will to be the vetoing power of the mind on behavior, the will to veto is still determined by temporal and exterior factors. Free choice on the other hand is when one can choose for themselves from a list of options. The implication should not be to lose our autonomy, for we still have it! We can still have freedom of choice, and be responsible for our actions on others. What should be gained from this fact is the understanding of the roots of behavior. People make decisions according to their current context and past conditioning, not by their unbiased free will.