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FREE WILL – in detailUPDATED

Free will is the ability to do what we desire to do, without any force or constrain. Free will makes it possible for us to make "our own" decisions, e.g. to either turn left or right, to go to work or not, etc. It also means that we are morally responsible for the decisions we have executed in the past and that it was possible for us to have done otherwise.

Being debated over two millennia, the existence of free will is one of the biggest philosophical mysteries of all times. It is the influence it has on what we see today that makes it a very important phenomenon, as, other than natural causes, everything that has ever happened or is happening to anybody or anything can be attributed to the ability of making free will decisions.

Basic philosophical argument against free will:

  • Everything in the universe happens based on earlier events in accordance with causal law
  • My choices and decisions are events in the universe
  • They therefore happen as they do because of earlier events in accordance with causal law
  • Therefore I have no free choice. I cannot act freely and cannot be held responsible for my actions

With volumes written on the subject questioning, amongst other things, its existence (questioning which itself requires free will), with no conclusive end, the gist of how brain becomes capable of making free will decisions can be explained in just one sentence using DF analysis, which is as follows:

"It is VP's flexibility to deliberate, judge and finalize solutions empowered by its wisdom contributed by its capability of considering both, past/future data using B-ROM and thorough logic using LB, which gives mind the power of making free will decisions".

In detail: VP and LB are two entities designed by the evolutionary process to achieve common goals of survival and reproduction. They offer solutions using different ways of processing, in which VP uses contextual logic (stored in the B-ROM to process past data for current and future projections) and LB uses thorough logic. Based on such partnership, VP (i.e. the "self" that we use to refer to ourselves) has the wisdom to make judgement on which solution to finalize for execution and execute it, as, other than considering past data and/or future projections, it is also capable of utilizing thorough logical processing provided by LB, thereby providing best of both worlds solutions.

Additional to such wisdom, it is LB's dependence on VP to execute physical actions that gives it an upper hand, as, other than repetitive and random, all actions are guided by VP (more here).

Based on the above, VP can choose whether to follow its own solution or LB's solution, and which one in the case of multiple accumulated solutions. Such flexibility offers VP the capability of "making" free will decisions. The freedom it offers is the freedom we perceive while making decisions.

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