Free Will vs. Determinism

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 12:32 PM By Simon


Recently, at Wild Celtic, me and her started a minor discussion on free will in the comments. I think I mentioned this yesterday, but because I'm a repetitive asshole, and because she did a follow-up post on the thing, I figure, I might as well. So.

See, I am not of the opinion that everything we do is predetermined, as in, written in a book, set in stone, etc. There are choices. There are always choices. What I'm saying, is that all actions have consequences. Not one, but many. There are variables, it's like middle school math, the tree thing. Five red marbles times six blue marbles times three yellow marbles, how many combinations can you? That.

See, because every action influences your way of thinking, your opinions, your personality. This will affect your handling of future situations, going back to the first influencing action of your life, that you remember, or not. When you came home from the hospital, did your parents stay with you, or did they get their parents to watch you while they went out? Were you born on the fifth or the sixth? Did you ever swallow a bug while riding your bike? This is the shit that, though innocuous now, will make you weary of repeats in the future, or not.

Your thoughts, therefore, are also somewhat pre-determined. The actions will influence the point of view, will influence future thoughts, will influence actions, et cetera. You are, in a way, trapped by your own memory.

Okay. Carry on.

6 comments:

Jose said...

Aren't there entire university courses about this?
This is one of the most debatable topics in the world and what you say does make sense.
I don't know what my stand on this is, I guess I use it how it serves me, when I have bad luck I call it predetermination :P

April 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM
The Kid In The Front Row said...

dude i have absolutely no idea what you're rambling on about. please explain! haha

April 14, 2010 at 5:36 PM
Tom said...

Whoah. This is some deep s#*^.

April 14, 2010 at 6:58 PM
Simon said...

@The Kid...what do you need explained?

April 14, 2010 at 7:07 PM
Wild Celtic said...

There are two strong schools of thought: One-free will. Able to choose anything, be anything without influence. Then there is what Simon is talking about- that free will doesn't exsist like that. You, instead, are limited to your choices because of a. predisposed tendencies inflicted in childhood b. the choices presented to you because of the action the precedes it or c. all of the above. Meaning, try as you might, you can't even reach your unlimited potential in "free choices."

April 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM