Are We Robots? Is There Such a Thing As Free Will?

By definition, free will allows people to choose between different courses of action. However, there are many theories about life being something linear and depending on a fixed thing called destiny.

Some people say that there is a destiny or a path that has to be followed, but there are also secondary or alternative paths and they can all lead to the same outcome. We wonder if the saying “All roads lead to Rome” originated from this belief.

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If the world is holographic, does this mean that we act like complex biological machines? Are we robots? Is there such a thing as free will? Many people are looking for answers to these philosophical questions today.

Others are of the view that regardless of whether or not we actually have free will, we believe we have it, and act according to that belief. Therefore the truth of it is irrelevant. However that is like burying your head in the sand, we are here to search for answers or pose more questions.

Surely Free Will exists

If free will didn’t exist, people would not be blamed for their actions. Some experts (such as neuroscientists) say that free will does not exist in the basic form that is generally accepted. They say that the accepted concept is that people are governed by the laws of the universe, so free will doesn’t really have a place in this.

Laws of the universe state that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light and all four sides of a square will always be equal. Similarly these experts believe that the our lives are a fixed constant and our fate already decided.

But, there is the concept of responsibility involved in all societies, even among animals. Anything that has consciousness is able to make a choice. This means that free will must exist, because our actions have an effect in the lives of everyone else.

In the case that free will does exist, it probably is something else than the mystical thing involving the laws of the universe. Maybe free will is just the way that the body and the mind of the human being responds to the world and changes the environment around. People may not like the idea that they are just machines that are guided by the laws of the universe, but – there is no evidence yet to prove the opposite.

So, if we don’t really have a free will, is there a purpose for us being here, living this life? Why are we here if we cannot make a choice?

Free will could be a figment of your CONTROLLED imagination.

From a metaphysical point of view, we may be here to learn and to evolve and all the experiences we are going through are meant to support this purpose. On the other hand, science says that everything has a cause, therefore an effect is the result of a choice that was made. But, science is not be able to explain a lot of things today.

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From a psychology perspective, there is agreement on one thing: the behavior of humans is influenced by internal and external factors. Many of the existing theories in the field of psychology are based on the assumption that free will already exists.

Logical thoughts, proof and theories.

Imagine, for a minute, that we are being controlled by external influences. How would they make it happen? What have Humans done recently from which we could create a roadmap to achieve control over fellow Humans?

Diet controlling microbes

A new study has found microscopic bacteria living in a person’s gut could govern dietary choices and eating behavior. This study shows that the behavior of the host is controlled or modified to allow the bacteria to multiply and pass on its genes. Willpower may not be the only barrier threatening a person’s ability to stick to a healthy diet.In addition to this, the influence is through neural mechanisms.

Mankind has always been inspired by nature’s blueprints. There is even a term for it called Biomimicry. For example planes and cars are created aerodynamically based on shapes of birds and fish, adhesives are made better by understanding how gecko feet scale vertical structures and light bulbs use technology that is inspired by fireflies.

We need to figure out the neural pathways that are followed by these bacteria. Then we should be able to replicate the same behavior without the host realizing it is being controlled.

Brain – Computer – Brain Interface

University of Washington researchers created a Brain-computer-Brain interface 2 years ago. Using this interface one researcher was able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. The researcher being controlled compared the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily to that of a nervous twitch.

If we’re now transferring information from one brain to another and controlling limbs, how long do you think it would take to link to another persons brain and control their thoughts. After all the brain is just neurons and synapses.

Experiments that show that Free will is an illusion

John Searle (1997) approaches consciousness from a biological perspective and argues that the brain is no more free than is the liver or the stomach. Various experiments have been conducted where a person was requested to complete an action. It is difficult to identify exactly when a person becomes aware of his action. Some findings indicate that awareness comes after actions have already begun in the brain.

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Is our body being controlled and receiving instructions from something other than the brain? Is our brain just receiving an instruction that whatever we are doing should be interpreted as free will. MRI technologies have shown the difference of milliseconds between the movement of the limb and registration of movement in the brain synapses. The interesting thing is the limb moves BEFORE the brain registers the movement.

 

Brain injuries unlocking extraordinary talents

The internet is rife with stories of people who have had head injuries, and survived, developing extraordinary new talents. Some become savants, artists, musicians and others painters. In quite a few cases these people did not have even basic training of their new found talents prior to the accidents. Scientist and doctors alike have been unable to understand this phenomenon. Could it be that all humans already possess such talents and whatever is controlling our free-will is tweaking which talent and how much of it we are allowed to use?

The notion of whether we have free will or not has been researched and debated for centuries. For now, we don’t have a sure answer, but the future could reveal more.

 

 

 

 

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