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Free Will Refutations in Major Publications


Recent books for the public and academia refuting free will


Free Will Refuted in the Blogs


Edited and Revised Transcripts of the First Eighteen Episodes


More Featured Episodes

10. Why Change as the basic Universal Process Makes Free Will Impossible

13. Overcoming Blame, Guilt, Envy and Arrogance by Overcoming the Illusion of Free Will

16. Overcoming the Illusion of Free Will as an Evolutionary Leap in Human Consciousness

17. Revitalizing Religion through Transcending the Illusion of Free Will

26. Because Essential Elements of Every Decision are Stored in Our Unconscious, Free Will is Impossible.

38. The Messenger and I Have Evolved Human Consciousness

50. Freud Popularized the Unconscious.  Ortega is Popularizing Unconscious Will

60. Ten Ways to Refute Free Will


Landmark Coverage Refuting Free Will


USA Today - "Why you don't really have free will by Jerry Coyne January 1, 2012

"The debate about free will, long the purview of philosophers alone, has been given new life by scientists, especially neuroscientists studying how the brain works. And what they're finding supports the idea that free will is a complete illusion."

Time Magazine - "Think You're Operating on Free Will? Think Again" by Eben Harrell July 2, 2010

"In an intriguing review in the July 2 edition of the journal Science, published online Thursday, Ruud Custers and Henk Aarts of Utrecht University in the Netherlands lay out the mounting evidence of the power of what they term the 'unconscious will.'...John Bargh of Yale University, who 10 years ago predicted many of the findings discussed by Custers and Aarts in a paper entitled "The Unbearable Automaticity of Being," called the Science paper a "landmark — nothing like this has been in Science before."

The New York Times - "Your Move: The Maze of Free Will" by Galen Strawson July 22, 2010

"Some people think that quantum mechanics shows that determinism is false, and so holds out a hope that we can be ultimately responsible for what we do. But even if quantum mechanics had shown that determinism is false (it hasn’t), the question would remain: how can indeterminism, objective randomness, help in any way whatever to make you responsible for your actions? The answer to this question is easy. It can’t."

The Atlantic - "The Brain on Trial" by David Eagleman July/August 2011

"In modern science, it is difficult to find the gap into which to slip free will—the uncaused causer—because there seems to be no part of the machinery that does not follow in a causal relationship from the other parts."

The Telegraph - "Neuroscience, free will and determinism: 'I'm just a machine'" by Tom Chivers October 12, 2010

"The philosophical definition of free will uses the phrase 'could have done otherwise'... "As a neuroscientist, you've got to be a determinist. There are physical laws, which the electrical and chemical events in the brain obey. Under identical circumstances, you couldn't have done otherwise; there's no 'I' which can say 'I want to do otherwise'."

The Guardian - "Guilty but not responsible?" by Rosiland English May 29, 2012

"The discovery that humans possess a determined will has profound implications for moral responsibility. Indeed, Harris is even critical of the idea that free will is "intuitive": he says careful introspection can cast doubt on free will. In an earlier book on morality, Harris argues 'Thoughts simply arise in the brain. What else could they do? The truth about us is even stranger than we may suppose: The illusion of free will is itself an illusion'"

Psychology Today - "Free Will Is an Illusion, So What?" by

If you think carefully about any decision you have made in the past, you will recognize that all of them were ultimately based on similar—genetic or social—inputs to which you had been exposed. And you will also discover that you had no control over these inputs, which means that you had no free will in taking the decisions you did.

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A brief history of determined vs. free will ideas

Cause and Effect – At about the 5th century BC, in his work On the Mind, the Greek Philosopher Leucippus penned the earliest known universal statement describing what we today understand as determinism, or the law of cause and effect

“Nothing happens at random, but everything for a reason and by necessity.”

Human Will – The concepts of will and free will are actually Christian in orgin. It was Saint Paul in his Letter to the Romans, which is dated at about 58 A.D., who first discovered this thing we call human will. He came to it by recognizing that he could not often do as much right as he wanted. Saint Paul wrote in Romans 7:15 that:

“I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t.” I do what I don’t want to – what I hate.” (Translation – The Living Bible)

Free Will -- Nothing new was said on the matter for the next few hundred years until St. Augustine grappled with the concepts of evil and justice. Saint Augustine wrote in his book De Libero Arbitrio, 386-395 A.D., (translated as “On Free Will”)

“Evil deeds are punished by the justice of God. They would not be punished justly if they had not been performed voluntarily.”

The problem he saw was that if human beings do not have a free will, it would be unfair for God to arbitrarily reward or punish us. St. Augustine concluded that God could not be unfair, and so he created the concept of a human free will, whereby we earn our reward or punishment by what we freely do.

Scientific concepts relating to the determined will vs. free will question

Classical Mechanics -- In 1687 Sir Isaac Newton publishes his “Laws of Motions” that mathematically describes the physical universe as acting in a mechanistic manner according to the principle of cause and effect.

Classical Mechanics is a completely deterministic theory

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle -- In 1925 Warner Heisenberg describes mathematically that…

We can measure the position of a particle or the momentum of a particle (momentum meaning its direction and velocity), but we cannot simultaneously measure the position and momentum of a particle.

Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics -- Niels Bohr and others make the following assertions;

1) Particles do not have a simultaneous position and momentum.

2) Elementary particles behave indeterministically, and are not subject to the principle of cause and effect.

Believers in free will saw the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics as providing a possibility for free will to exist. They asserted that if elementary particles behave indeterministically, they are not subject to the principle of cause and effect that prohibits free will.

But, as noted above, it eventually became apparent that indeterminism also prohibits free will.


Edited Transcripts of the First Eighteen Episodes
01 How I came to see my causal will

02 Proving causal will in real time

03 Morality within a causal will perspective

04 What it all means

05 We Do Not "Experience" Free Will

06 How the Hedonic Imperative Makes Free Will Impossible

07 How the Unsolicited Participation of the Unconscious Makes Free Will Impossible

08 Asking When a Child Gains it Illuminates the Incoherence of the Concept "Free Will"

09 Overcoming our Reluctance to Overcome the Illusion of Free Will

10 Why Change as the Basic Universal Process Makes Free Will Impossible

11 The Absurdity of Varying Degrees of Free Will

12 Why the Concept of Free Will is Incoherent

13 Overcoming Blame, Guilt, Envy and Arrogance by Overcoming the Illusion of Free Will

14 Why Both Causality and Randomness Make Free Will Impossible

15 Why Frankfurt's “Second Order Desires” Do Not Allow for a Free Will

16 Overcoming the Illusion of Free Will as an Evolutionary Leap in Human Consciousness

17 Revitalizing Religion through Transcending the Illusion of Free Will

18 Why Humans Cannot Circumvent Natural Law to Gain a Free Wil

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The Insanity of Free Will 

George Ortega

March 3, 2000



It is quite insane to believe human beings have a free will. Well perhaps insane is not the right word.  Is it insane in this day and age to believe the world is flat?, or that the Sun revolves around the Earth? Well if it is, then people who believe we have free wills are insane, but I'd prefer to refer to
them as simply being stupid.

Oh, that's not to say I blame them for their stupidity.  Of course not, for since everything is predetermined, noone has a say over how intelligent or stupid one is.  In fact there seems to be a certain advantage in their maintaining their stupid insistence that they have free wills.  Its kind of
like how little kids prefer to believe there really is a Santa Claus, and it really is kind of cruel to try to ruin their pleasant delusion.  Funny, how we have an institution called Christmas that has as one of its major aspects the
perpetuation of delusion in our young ones.

Anyway, I don't mean to spoil your pleasure if you believe you have a free will.  I would like to understand why this belief is so important to you.  I mean, it really is a kind of arrogance, like the belief once held by many people that the Earth is the center of the Universe.  

But, really, we have a situation where about 99.99999% of the human population is suffering under the delusion that what we think and feel and say and do is under our control.  Of course, if this were really the case then we would all
be very intelligent and successful and happy, etc. all of the time.

Oh, right, some of you deluded souls would be quick to plead "we don't have full control, but we do have some control!"  Right.  Like a rock has some control over its flight as its thrown.

So who can we blame for having most of us suffer under the delusion that we humans have a free will?  Certainly we can't blame God, because His will is just as predetermined as is ours.  In other words, just as all of our thoughts and acts originate in the eternal past, so do God's.  

Now some of your religious Neanderthals might scream at this point "hey, but God is omnipotent, all powerful...He can do whatever He wants.  Oh really?   I'm sure you've heard the question that asks; if God is all powerful, can He create
a rock so big that even He can't lift it?  Hum....My question would be could God destroy Himself.  Of course if He could that would end all claims to His being Eternal.

But we have strayed.  Mankind is at present suffering from a collective delusion that we have free will, and its really sad because it sets rich against poor, black against white, tall against short, stupid against intelligent, Americans against most of the rest of the world, etc. etc, etc.

I mean, were humankind to get over our collective insanity, we would recognize that whatever is dividing us is really what we should be fighting, not ourselves.  But enough of the political sermonizing.

Here's some religious sermonizing.  Religion is about getting back to God. Somehow it appears that we, more so than, it seems, all of the other species of life on the planet, have strayed from what we arrogantly refer to in lower life
forms as instinct- namely a really strong bond with God, or intelligence, or whatever it suits you to call Him  or it.  I mean when we believe we have a will separate from Gods' we by this act separate ourselves from Him.

But its not our fault of course!  I mean, if we really had free will we would will our selves not to make mistakes like believing we have free wills.

Wanna know my take on it?  well I think alot of guys refuse to understand that free will is a myth because they don't want to offend the women, who, don't seem to be able to accept this truth as readily as do men.  Mind you, I'm not
knocking women.. they do seem to have a keener instinct, or intuition than we do, but this isn't about that.  I mean, I think that when a guy tries to explain to a woman that free will is impossible, a woman will begin to think "well that means nothing we do matters, and she'll get all teary eyed and the
guy, in order to keep getting laid, perhaps, will say "oh no, Im just kidding... we do have free wills, and what we do does matter, lets' go to bed."  And that would be that.

Again, I do love women, but it seems we men have been in the thinking game a lot longer than they have so understanding the impossibility of free will would
come easier to us.  Just as understanding what a crying child wants would, of course, come easier to most women.  Please don't accuse me of generalizing, because the whole of psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc is based on
generalizing.  Of course there are exceptions, but thats besides the point.

Anyway, wanna know what mankind's next leap of consciousness will be?  You guessed it,... we will all someday overcome the delusion of free will and live
much more happy and healthy lives as a result.  Well, I really am just guessing.  It could be that we continue to retain our delusion of free will and continue blaming ourselves and each other for everything, and sooner or later we will just all destroy ourselves and everyone else.  Problem solved.

Death.  I don't mean to change the subject, but whats all this dislike of death about?  I mean, presumably we are dead, or at least not alive, into the eternal past, and once we die, we'll remain dead into the eternal future. so does it really matter if we live or die?  No.  Reincarnation?  Seems like another
story, like Adam and Eve, etc.  Maybe we do reincarnate, but why would it have to be on this planet.  There's an eternity of space out there to explore.

I do digress.  Free will, the ultimate delusion.  Mother nature does love her deception.  She causes us to believe the earth is flat, and here's another one.  If you were to have asked someone last century whether or not our world was in
motion they would have considered you insane for asking.  I mean, do you feel the earth moving they would say with consummate arrogance and stupidity.  Of course we now know that our earth is hurtling through space , along with the
rest of our galaxy at the rate of millions of miles per hour, ( or something like that).  Yes mother nature does love her deceptions.

Unfortunately 99.99999% of us are not intelligent to understand that free will is impossible and I'm not intelligent enough to know how to get them to understand this truth.  I mean, imagine trying to tell a two year old that Santa is just a figment of his little imagination.  Waaaahhh.  He is too real... he is too real.  Hard to reason with that.

On to Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, and Hindus.  A good bunch of people generally speaking, leaving aside the inquisition, etc., but really they have done a really good job in perpetuating morals and values that, unfortunately
our present day world doesn't like to abide by much any more.  But, alongside all of the good they have done, and continue to do, aside from scaring people with the threat of eternal damnation if they don't agree with them, the
unfortunate thing about this lot is that they prefer delusion to reason.  I mean they are like perpetual two year olds clinging to their belief in Santa Claus.  You can't reason with them, so they maintain their delusion and the world stays in a state of blame.

They probably will get the Armageddon their hoping for, if for no other reason than so they can say, I told you so.  Well.  if the world stays stuck to its delusion that we have free wills and are therefore quite right in attributing cause, and blame, and punishment, etc. on ourselves and each other, I don't
have the power to stop it.  

I mean, if I did, I would.  If I were God, I'd do away with this whole pain thing.  I mean, who needs it.  Of course some stupid masochist will argue- but you cant have pleasure without pain, its impossible.  Hah.  It's just as possible to spend your entire life in the sunlight and never experience
darkness as it is possible to have pleasure without feeling the pain.  

Pain and pleasure really is what its all about, but that is another story. Free will, what a concept.  I chose to eat vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate.  Oh really, and did you also decide to prefer the taste of vanilla to chocolate.  No, I'm not going to get into explaining the logic of why free
will is impossible.  If people are too stupid, or brainwashed to understand, that's the way it will have to be.  There is, again, a price to be paid for that, but that too is another story.

Have you tired of reading this stuff yet.  If what I've written seems unpleasant to you, you might want to ask yourself why you keep reading.  Well, you keep reading because something inside you is causing you to do so.  

Actually, I'm getting tired of writing this stuff.  It would be so much easier if humankind just acknowledged that this planet Earth has really never been very friendly to us.  How about we all put our heads together, think really hard, and blow it to smithereens thereby freeing our souls to explore more
pleasant parts of the universe.  I hear Venus is pretty cool.

I'm serious. It could be that we just choose, there's that word again, we were compelled to choose this planet as our home to our disadvantage.  Kind of like we took a wrong turn.  Well, maybe our religious friends got the part about
Earth finally becoming a paradise right and all will turn out well in the end.

Which reminds me.  People are fond of saying you can't have pleasure without pain while in the same breath extolling the virtues of a Heaven that is pleasant beyond pleasure.  You mean on Earth you can't have pleasure without
pain, but in heaven you can.  Oh.  Maybe you can explain that one for me.

Free will.  The ultimate delusion.  My fate is so predetermined that as much as I try to stay on subject I keep veering.  Of course, if I really had a free will, I would think only pleasant thoughts and probably not bother with the
internet much, but so it is.  Oh yeah, some people say  "we don't have total free will, but we do have some free will.  Of course, if these people bothered to think about it for more than five seconds they would realize how impossible
it is to have a "partial free will."'  Again, I won't try to explain, because I know them well enough to know they won't try to think.

Time.  OK I'll try to explain it somewhat.  What makes free will impossible is that ever pervasive entity known as Time, or to physicists as Space-time.  Now when Einstein demonstrated relativity and the curvature of space and time, we must realize he was referring to these entities in a relative sense only.  I know I've lost most of you with this, but the simple essence of this is that there is an arrow of time from the eternal past, through the present, to the eternal future, and that, if all other forms of logic ellude you, is the basis for understanding that free will is impossible

Here goes.  You have a thought.  That thought has a place in time.  That place in time was preceded by an earlier place in time that caused it.  At this point I would advise any idiot claming that synchronicity or randomness refutes this to reread your physics and philosophy books, and if that doesn't help, get better ones.   Anyway.  Since one moment in time is caused by a preceding moment in time, which in turn is caused by a preceding moment in time ad eterneum  ( coined that phrase, to the best of my knowledge.  Of course I can't really take credit for having done so because I don't have free will, so let's just say I'm thankful to have done so, that also having been predetermined in me.)

Did you get it?  No.  Well, if you're too stupid or brainwashed by religion, I can't help that.  Really, I wish I could, but I cant.  Its really not too easy being really intelligent.  If any of you out there are really beautiful women, you probably know what I mean.  It's hard to be on top.  

Free will.  If we had it we would choose to be as perfect as perfect could be. we would all be loving all of the time and Earth would be a paradise.  

Now if we all collectively get over this illusion, the effect of this on our consciousnesses could possibly be more pleasant than a good buzz.  Imagine everybody going around with the understanding that all of our thoughts and acts, etc have all been predetermined.   Get it.  I didn't think so.

I'm not really arrogant. just fed up with stupid people.  You know, like most people are fed up with Nazis and bigots. What can I tell you , free will is a weapon people use against themselves and each other, and the world is full of
friendly fire.

Well now that I've gotten that out of my system I think I'll go raise Kundalini.

See you throughout eternity.