The Illusion of Free Will

Recent research in congnitive sciences indicates that our free will might be an illusion after all, that our actions are being determined by physiological laws, like all other animals, as if we are a complex biological machine. Since, as i have written in a previous post, it is a problem itself to define free will, so perhaps i am not being accurate when i say that we are not free... we might be called 'free' in a Spinozoistic sense. Nevertheless, the simple fact is that the working of our mind is completely based upon scientific and physiological laws, and there is no supernatural phenomenon, like soul, in work which might be above the scientific laws.

However, the interesting thing, which i wish to point out, is that even if we are not free, free will is such a strong and powerful illusion that we cannot escape from it. Even if a scientist knows that he is not free, he will nevertheless continue to feel as if he is free, and responsible for his own actions. And well, in a sense, he is still responsible for his actions, because after all, it is his brain that is making these decisions, although, perhaps in a way in which a machine might make these decisions. So, the point is, even if we are not free, we would still have to live our lives as if we are free.

Here, i am reminded of the 'effective theory of free will' by Stephen Hawkings, which i have explained in one of my previous posts, and according to which human societies adopt the effective theory of free will because it works in practice, even though it might not be true... just like physics employs an effective theory like fluid dynamics even though the basic assumptions of fluid dynamics are not true.

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