As science reveals causal chains
that remain largely invisible to standard cognition it has become more and more
apparent that our lives are ruled largely in way that our decisions have very
little effect on.
Once we understand
the thought patterns that
inform consciousness we begin to
see that we have less control over our own lives than we
terrorizes the psyche and we
tend to hide that realization behind a
Veil of Cognitive
Understanding that so many of our reactions are simply
scripts that we play and replay frightens us to the core of being and makes us
feel controlled from without like a puppet on a string
manipulated by the puppet
we continue to make unscripted
irrational decisions we question whether we actually have
free will or have been
conscripted to Fate ?
If we do have free will why
is it that we feel driven by a puppet master?
Just as we build
macros in software to complete onerous tasks we do the same thing in our own
There are too many
functions in living in the modern world to stay consciously aware as we move
through life every day from morning to night.
To give us a chance to think
on weightier subjects we file those scripts away in deep dark recesses in the
corners of our minds.
We take many of these
cognitive functions, ones
we have ritually repeated,
and we move them from
conscious awareness into the twilight of the subconscious
allowing those scripts to
run on autopilot.
It is only when our
reality is upended that we, once again, become aware of the scripts we have
Interesting you say but what does
this have to do with free will ?
We know we run macros but we also
know that we make unscripted irrational decisions, typically to break those
IF we were
destined by fate how could we go against the bonds that bind us, think outside
the box and make unscripted irrational decisions?
How is thinking
outside the box even possible ?
For that matter how is it even
possible to make a decision to choose between two possibilities ?
Has the script made the decision for us or did we make the decision ?
We made the decision.
That is what consciousness is about.
Choices. Moving here. Moving there.
We can frame it that we did
not make a decision by saying that an aroma attracted us and claim that the
aroma was the puppet
aroma acting as puppet master make logical sense?
We need to go
even deeper into the realm
of the subconscious !
Assume cognition is just a bundle of nerves
with electrical impulses streaming along them.
How does this bundle of nerves
make a choice?
In computational science, at this time, we have
bytes - streams of zeros and ones - that act as a code that tells a gate to be
either open or closed, on or off.
Computers run lines of software code
which are termed 'scripts' in computer science.
When they run those
scripts they open and close gates that correlate the input information into a
designed format that is readable - and actionable. But the scripts don't make
They were already previously coded.
If we lived by fate alone
then we would never be able to modify the script !
travel through life every day we
run scripts but no script can be run in its entirety without modification as
environmental conditions change.
The script must remain flexible enough
to take advantage of changing environmental conditions - like the sun going
down at night, a winter storm approaching on a cold front or
standing around a camp fire on open
ground with variable wind direction.
Ephesus characterized all existing entities as
pairs of contrary properties, whereby no entity may ever occupy a single state
at a single time.
This is completely in
alignment with current understanding of
quantum mechanics and
is quantum mechanics that show us how we have free will and escape the paradigm
of a sealed fate !
Classical mechanics does not explain the possibly of making a
choice as all things are determinate.
spin of an electron has two possible configurations, up or down.
align those configurations we have an electron flow or an electric current.
Nerves function as conductors of electrical currents.
make a decision we modify the flow of the electric current.
Before a choice has been made the
particle that carries the data informed by choice remains in a
To choose - to make a choice means to flip the switch - up,
or down, spin on the electron and create a current !
We do this is by reaching into
the Ether and pulling out the
while keeping our feet firmly planted on the Path of the Way !
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