There are a whole lot of things that people make assumptions over that are incorrect about the lack of free will. This infographic gives just a few of some common ones. Of course there is much more than this, but hopefully this infographic will help distill some of these mistakes and non-sequiturs.
Keep in mind that infographics are not arguments, but rather quick snapshots of information. If you are looking for the actual reasoning behind the information, I’ve written an entire book titled Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind where I make the case for the understandings distilled within my infographics.
Another related infographic is here: Determinism vs. Fatalism infographic
Here is a somewhat related post: Pointlessness Doesn’t Follow from Determinism (combating non-sequiturs)
What It Doesn’t Mean to NOT Have Free Will
Not having free will doesn’t mean …
- … that what we think, say, or do doesn’t make a difference for future events.
- … that consciousness doesn’t exist.
- … that humans are no different than rocks.
- … that we are fated rather than part of a causal process.
- … that it’s not possible to act ethically or unethically.
- … that nothing matters.
- … that all events are”random” chance.
- … that our actions are futile.
- … that we can’t obtain knowledge.
- … that convincing others is pointless.
… and more. So what does it mean? A whole lot of important stuff. This is a base understanding for so many philosophical, political, societal, economic, and ethical questions. It’s also an understanding that has a direct effect on our compassion, caring, and overall how we treat others.