Free Will

Every thought is a direct result of the immediate preceeding thought and state of events. Therefore thought is a product of time, a dimensional pattern involving time, a sculpture in many dimensions. In that circumstance will cannot be free.

However knowledge of the future is fundamentally limited, and cannot ever be explicitly predicted because the future could then be changed. The only single escape from this paradox is to limit predictive accuracy; in predicting the future an element of uncertainty is necessary. Accuracy in observation in any dimension must also be limited for the same reason, including observation of the present time and the past.

As immediate preceding thoughts cannot be explicitly identified, and as future thoughts cannot be predicted accurately, will can be said to be partially free. Despite the pre-existence of all thought, the existence of a multi-dimensional sculpture that defines a lifetime's thought, the fact that this can never be observed, predicted, or recalled with perfect accuracy creates some element of freedom of will, or more correctly will remains partly fundamentally unpredictable, thus unforcable, thus free.

Copyright © 12 August 2010 by Mark Sheeky