<< Continued from Free Will – in detail

Role of Free Will in a Deterministic World: Based on the empirical knowledge of its existence, philosophers often ask the ontological question that even if free will exists, what is its place in the causal chain of events, as all events in the world are caused by previous events.

DF analysis makes it possible to answer this question in a simple manner: Even with free will, all events are causally deterministic (known as compatibilism). What changes with free will is the mediating causal agent. In other words, free will is an intermediatory causal agent between cause and its effect.

To elaborate the above point, I'll use an analogy:

Some car manufacturers offer a feature called electronic throttle control, which controls the engine throttle, irrespective of the position of accelerator pedal, 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 offered by processing data received from various sensors 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 events to provide optimized outcomes.

Note: The entity responsible for making decisions is VP, i.e. the "self" that we use to refer to ourselves.

Origin of Human Actions – The Missing Picture: It is understood that instructions are passed over to the next generations genetically, which influence many actions in our lives (mechanisms of which are explained under title Hard-Wired Interactions), but how such information is utilized for further operations and how new instructions emerge on an ongoing basis throughout the lifespan is not known. The capability of making free will decisions emerging out of IPS, as explained by the DOS model, is the other part that drives human actions.

DOS model explains mechanisms underlying free willed (conscious) and repetitive thoughts and actions (subconscious and unconscious), including the hard-wired component that influences them, which depicts its significance to human life.

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