<< Free Will – in detail

Free Will and Causality: Philosophers often ask the ontological question that if free will exists, where does it fit in the causal chain of events, as all events in the world are caused by antecedent events.

As per the DF analysis, even with free will, all events are causally deterministic. What changes with free will is the mediating causal agent. In other words, free will is brought about by an intermediatory causal agent between cause and its effect. To elaborate the same, I'll use an analogy:

Electronic Throttle Control Analogy: Some car manufacturers offer a feature called electronic throttle control, which controls the engine throttle, irrespective of the position of accelerator pedal, in order to provide optimized control of the car in situations that require torque management for optimal stability and safety of the moving car, e.g. when a car is starting to lose traction or is spinning out of control. The control works based on intelligence, which is generated by processing data that is received from multiple electronic sensors planted in the car in real time.

In other words, the electronic throttle control mediates between the accelerator paddle and engine's throttle to provide optimized control of the car. When such optimization is not required, the engine throttle follows accelerator pedal (i.e. driver's commands) faithfully.

In the same way, VP, using intelligence offered by IPS, mediates between the cause and effect in the causal chain of interactions to provide optimized outcomes.

The "could-not-have-done-otherwise" Argument

The "electronic throttle control" analogy is good only to understand the mediating role of free will, because even with such intelligence working as a mediating agent - given the exact same conditions and circumstances - the car throttle would have performed the same action - it would always activate based on antecedent causality, which again would be based on its antecedent causality, and so on, and thus not free of causation. There is no possibility where the throttle control could have acted in a way other than what it did, as required by the notion of free will.

Based on the same, "If you were Hitler atom for atom, time for time, biology for biology and environment for environment, you would make exactly the same decisions Hitler made".

Most philosophers and scientists who claim that free will does not exist believe the above to be true, because they do not consider what gives mind the real power of free will, i.e. Acausal Freedom.

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