Sunday, May 5, 2019

Free Will and Agency

Science keeps bringing up the issue of free will in vain attempts to somehow define consciousness as a determinate machine of the brain. If there were a measurement for free will, then it would make sense for science to make claims about free will. Since there are no measurements of free will, it makes no sense for any science claims about free will and any statements about free are then subjective opinions, not objective measurements of science. Thus, to believe in free will simply means that you believe that choices matter and also that their precursors are not always knowable.

People who say that they do not believe in free will still believe that their decisions matter and as a result, they freely choose to believe in their own lack of free will. However, without a belief that their choices matter there would be no meaning and purpose and their lives would be subject to the all-consuming despair of nihilist chaos.

In our relational reality, people with consciousness freely choose to bond with some people and not with other people and those very weak neural bonds nevertheless result in often very powerful emotions and feelings. Since people freely to choose to bond with some people and not with others, this is free will and the reasons are not always knowable. People also freely choose to persuade others that there is no free will despite there being no measurement for free will. The determinate argument is that who you choose to bond with or who you choose to persuade is due to determinate precursors, the present, any possible outcomes, and the noise of classical chaos. Since classical chaos is random, that means that no future is certain, but the determinate argument is that even that does not mean we have free choice.

People argue that since determinate atoms are also subject to uncertain outcomes and determinate atoms are not conscious and do not have free will, determinate people likewise do not have free will even though they make free choices with unknowable precursors. Free choice, though, involves neural action potentials and atoms do not have neural action potentials. In addition, quantum entanglement and superposition mean that quantum phase noise is somewhat different from the classical noise of chaos. In fact, science neither understands how neural action potentials result in consciousness nor in free will. It is very likely that the bonding of neural action could very well involve entanglement and superposition in ways that science does not yet understand. Quantum phase is, after all, very important for the charge bonds of matter and so it is very likely that quantum phase is also important for neural bonds and even gravity bonds.

In my opinion, quantum phase is at the root of both consciousness and free will. The reason that I believe that is that our relational reality involves charge bonds, neural bonds, and gravity bonds as shown.

Consciousness would be impossible without free will because how we choose an outcome depends on both precursors and all possible outcomes. Since science cannot define or even measure consciousness, science cannot measure or even define free will either. The choice of a single outcome from a superposition of many possible outcomes is exactly what makes us conscious. In fact, free choice really is the basis for consciousness for without free choice, the universe would be determined by its initial conditions and not by the neural action potentials of free will and consciousness.

Atoms do not have consciousness or free will, but that does not mean that a mind, which is made up of a large number of atoms, also does not have consciousness or free will. Neural action potentials are necessary for consciousness just as they are necessary for free will as well. Although science cannot measure consciousness or free will, people are conscious and therefore do have free will as well. Claiming there is no free will suggests that science can know all of the precursors of choices that we all make to an unlimited precision. However, it is simply not possible to know all of the precursors to choice with unlimited precision.

One argument for determinate outcomes is that a computer algorithm can use sensory data to make choices for action according to a person who freely chose to compose that algorithm. The algorithm did not make the choice...the programmer made the choices and the algorithm is simply an extension of the emotions and feeling of the programmer. The argument that robots and artificial intelligence show consciousness is not true since there is no measure of consciousness.

Free choice is the result of a large number of neural action potentials and each neural action potential is subject to discrete quantum uncertainty just as all action in the universe is subject to discrete quantum uncertainty. Therefore, while the universe is largely determinate in that every outcome has a knowable precursor to some precision, there are discrete outcomes that have unknowable discrete precursors even though those discrete precursors do exist. For example, entanglement and superposition can couple discrete outcomes in discrete precursors that are not possible to know with unlimited resolution. While the determinate chaos of noise certainly make discrete neural outcomes uncertain, the entanglement and superposition of quantum phase noise also makes neural outcomes uncertain even though outcomes do entangle and correlate with other outcomes.

Unlike the determinate noise of classical chaos with unlimited resolution, the uncertain noise of quantum phase is also subject to entanglement and superposition and therefore has a well-defined limited resolution. Entanglement and superposition make the precursors of quantum phase noise as discrete outcomes that are inherently unknowable and at limited resolution. The limited resolution of discrete quantum phase is what make up free choice and free will as opposed to the unlimited resolution of determinism. Once again, the outcomes of free choice and free will follow from the lack of any measurable and therefore knowable discrete precursors even discrete precursors exist for every discrete outcome. Although we can rationalize many of the choices that we make, there are many choices that we make for which we can never know the reasons. This is because we make many decisions based on our feelings and feelings derive from emotions and unconscious archetypes and therefore feelings do not always have knowable causes even though there are causes for all feelings.

Science argues that quantum phase coherence has no role in choice or free will and therefore no role in neural action potentials either. However quantum phase coherence along with entanglement is part of all matter and can and does affect many things that we feel we understand very well since we do not often consider the role of discrete quantum phase in macroscopic action. After all, most people's lives lie outside of science and include art, music, literature, religion, law, government, commerce, crafts, and so on.

People have the freedom to choose many different outcomes for their lives, but science often feels the need to persuade people with the subjective opinion that people do not really have any free choice. Science claims that free will is an illusion, but this is a subjective opinion often masquerading as an objective measurable fact. For example, a recent blog post states:

1) You never had free will.
2) Your story has not yet been told.
3) Input matters.
4) Understand yourself.

Saying you never had free will makes it seem like you have measured free will and have repeatedly found that it is not present in anyone that you measured. Since there is actually no measure of free will, it is incorrect to then claim that no one has free will. After all, there might be someone somewhere that has free will even though you may not have free will. Since you admit that everyone believes that they have free will, it makes it very difficult to then state that free will does not exist.

Everyone who has lived is part of the collective memory of civilization. History tells more stories about famous people than those who are not famous, but family relationships tell many more stories than any popular history ever could. While input certainly matters, it is by a lifetime of experience and memories that we make decisions, not just by immediate input. Moreover, the superposition of a large number of precursors as well as possible outcomes all affect free will. Understanding yourself is tantamount to understanding consciousness. Since there are no objective measures for consciousness, subjective claims about understanding consciousness and free will have no objective meaning.

Choice has everything to do with individual freedom and social responsibility, which are way beyond science. In fact, politics limits individual freedom and social responsibility with science, but such limits can then use social responsibility to justify killing their own people. Thus, Nazis claimed the science of eugenics and Marxists claimed the science of class oppression and surplus capital as ideologies of social responsibility that justified killing many people. The Nazi eugenics was based on a science that supposed racial struggle would improve civilization while Marx's profit from surplus value was based on an economic science and that a class struggle would improve civilization.

In both cases, murderous regimes used an ideology of social responsibility to justify the killing of many millions of people to benefit a much larger number of people. In fact, the murder of so many people increased suffering and misery much more than pleasure and joy. In contrast, it is the primacy of the individual and the social responsibility of the free market that, despite its flaws, seems to have unleashed a great wealth of human productivity for civilization.