Some people point to indeterminism or non-caused (acausal) events as their free will savior. Point ’em to this infographic to help explain why such events do not allow for free will:
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Note that people often confuse probabalism with acausality, or unpredictability with indeterminism. These are not the same thing. Here are a few related posts that could help in these areas, or I have chapters in my book clarifying these sorts of things:
- The Word “Possibility” in a Deterministic Universe?
- “Determinism” and “Indeterminism” for the Free Will Debate
- Unpredictable Future ≠ Freely Willed Future
If you want to know a little bit about the causality side of things, read here:
And if you are looking for more awesome infographics on the topic of free will by me, check these out:
- A Cause Cannot Have Multiple Possible Effects – Infographic
- Determinism vs. Fatalism – Infographic
- Why Free Will Doesn’t Exist – Infographic
- Free Will – The Mechanism- Infographic (joke infographic)
- Burden of Proof for the Free Will Debate – Infographic
- What It Doesn’t Mean to NOT Have Free Will – Infographic
NON-CAUSED “truly random” EVENTS AND FREE WILL!
WHAT IS A NON-CAUSED EVENT?
An event without a cause. Also known as an acausal event or “truly” random event.
DO NON-CAUSED EVENTS EXIST?
We don’t know for sure. Some quantum interpretations suggest they do, others suggest they don’t.
3 BIG PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS NON-CAUSED EVENTS HAVE
- If one came about, it would have no spatial or temporal determinacy. This means it could happen at any location and at any time, or never happen at all. Even assessing a probability of where or when such an event will happen would be problematic.
- Due to the above, we cannot say that a non-caused event happens to an existing object, as that object cannot cause (lead to) whether or not a non-caused event happens. The non-caused event would need to happen first, and only then interact with the existing object.
- In regards to physics, there may also be other potential problems for non-caused events, for example, with the conservation of energy.
Some people think non-caused events can help grant free will since such would allow an “otherwise” to happen if we could rewind time to before a decision was made. Though this is true, such an “otherwise” would not be of the persons own accord.
REASONS WHY NON-CAUSED EVENTS CANNOT HELP GRANT FREE WILL.
- If such non-caused event was possible, such an event could never be a willed event. In other words, it could never be an event that was CAUSED by a willer.
- A non-caused event can be considered a starting point of a causal chain that would be totally out of the control of the willer.
- If a non-caused event had any say on one’s conscious thought, such would most likely be a huge detriment to the coherence of such thought, just as if some random characters entered this sentence it wdo!ufld squBicksly vbecttome dincodh&ereJnffht.
The ability to have, of one’s own accord, done otherwise, is logically impossible, regardless if non-caused events happen or not. Both causality and acausality are incompatible with such free will. Navigate this website to find out why. For more detailed explanations, read Breaking the Free Will Illusion for the Betterment of Humankind.