Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Free will and the limits of science: a reflection

There is a lot of talk among neuroscientists about whether science shows we have free will.

Every sane person knows we have free will and does not consider it to be an illusion. If you were an automaton  without the power to make a decision you would not even be aware of the concept of free will. It is part of what it is to be human. If science ever shows we do not have free will it can only mean that scientific methodology is dealing with a small fragment of a greater multidimensional realm and consequently cannot be right about every aspect and dimension of reality.

Conversely, if science proves we do have free will it will tell us little about its true nature because free will must originate from outside of the deterministic order (within 3 dimensions of space and 1 of time) which can be investigated by logic and experiment. Its true nature lies in a greater multidimensional reality outside of space and time and in some way connected to the self-existential source beyond nothingness from which all reality emanates and originates: God.

The circular arguments of materialism concerning the nature of consciousness and free will arise from an anachronistic mindset, a dualistic mind vs matter thinking that has grown up over the few hundred years since the Renaissance. The latest discoveries in quantum physics, the objective evidence for a soul operating beyond the brain, 

e.g. out of body experiences in which previously unknown objects are reported on by the subject and visual NDEs by people blind from birth

the emergence of the universe  from outside of space-time and the growing awareness that even the universe we have deduced  is over 95% inexplicable, all point clearly to a greater reality than any 19th century materialist could ever have envisaged.

Did mind come from matter or matter from mind? Descartes maintained they are totally unlike each other. So neither does mind cause matter or matter cause mind; they may simply be twin aspects, very different aspects, of one underlying fabric of a realm beyond rational investigation.

So science itself deduces its own severe limitations. Nevertheless it has served us well by revealing at least some of the wonders of the part of creation we know about and allowing us to develop useful technologies beyond the dreams of only a century ago.

Science and technology have been  superb servants of humanity. The danger today is that some want them to be our masters, with the scientists acting almost as priests. In 2077 science and technology are definitely servants in helping defeat violence. At the same time  the SSS cult uses them to achieve evil. Ultimately the battle of good against evil can only be won by human will in a state of humility before our Creator.

John Sears

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