EXPLORING THE ILLUSION OF FREE WILL
 
 
  George Ortega
Creating a world of far less blame, guilt, arrogance and envy

The world's first, and already successful*  initiative, including two TV shows, to popularize the refutation of free will  *How it happened  

John Searle, the13th ranked post-1900 philosopher, says that our world overcoming the free will illusion "would be a bigger revolution in our thinking than Einstein, or Copernicus, or Newton, or Galileo, or Darwin -- it would alter our whole conception of our relation with the universe." 

The Washington Post, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, USA Today, The Telegraph, Time Magazine, Scientific American, NPR Radio, The Economist, and Science Magazine  all affirm that free will is an illusion

 

Exploring the Illusion of Free Will is two TV shows - WHITE PLAINS NY TV and NYC LIVE CALL-IN TV,  two books - Mine and  Enel's,  two meetups - NYC, and WHITE PLAINS NY, one website, and Internet video and audio - BLIP.TV    YOU TUBE  iTUNES AUDIO PODCAST  PUBLIC DOMAIN VIDEOS & MP3s   and one blog for discussions - EXOGENOUS AGENCY

 
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Free Will Refutations in Major Publications

 

Free Will Refuted in the Blogs

 

Free Will Refuted on YouTube

 

Recent books for the public and academia refuting free will

 

Edited and Revised Transcripts of the First Eighteen Episodes

 

Quotes Disaffirming Free Will and Affirming Determinism by the Famous

 

Absurd Free Will Defenses by Major Institutions and Publications Who Should Know Better

 

Claiming credit for public awareness that free will is an illusion

 
 

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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Determinism, preferences and desires Published on Jul 19, 2012 by yonny zohar

President Barack Obama in Roanoke, VA on July 13, 2012 on Success Published on Jul 17, 2012 by AdamKokesh

Why Free Will is Impossible and Why it Matters - Talk to the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester  July 17 by Georgeo57

Styxhexenhammer666 on "No Free Will" (Manhattan Public Access TV) (6/13/2012) by Styxhexenhammer666  June 13, 2012

Skinner - Free Will by XXPorcelinaX  July 13, 2012

Free Will Demolished in Less Than Four Minutes July 6, 2012 by DerivedEnergy

Free Will Demolished in Less Than Four Minutes by DerivedEnergy  July 6, 2012

Free Will by 0zMovies June 15, 2012

Are we Really Free? by sapphire Questioner  June 5, 2012
This is a funny video because he gives an excellent explanation of why free will is impossible, (except for believing in true randomness) and concludes that he has free will anyway.

An All Knowing God versus Free Will: The Greatest Religious Contradiction by Styxhexenhammer666  June  4, 2012  An excellent theological refutation of free will based on the fact that God, as S/He is commonly understood, cannot be omniscient, or all knowing, while human beings have a free will. The two alternatives are mutually exclusive.

TEDxGrandRapids - Michael Dowd - Why We Struggle" Now by Michael Dowd, June 14, 2012

Free Will With Every Purchase! by BionicDance  June 1, 2012

Does Faith Come From our Will or God's Will?  May 24, 2012 by ChristDiscussProject

TMMTO :: Hummingbirds on May 21, 2012 by zefrank1

Free Will And Choosing Beliefs May 7, 2012 by TheSkepticalAtheist

Free will or Divine will by lovinearth  April 16, 2012

The Western Illusion of Free Will and Our Criminal Justice System April 10, 2012 by beverlygoldberg

Sam Harris on "Free Will" by MichaelShermer  March 27, 2012

Hard Determinism by artward22  March 13, 2012

God and Free Will by brettppalmer  February 21, 2012

Free Will talk to the South Hampshire Humanists Jan 2012  April 12, 2012 by johnnyp76

Determinism// HAI YOUTUBE :D by 46spoons on Oct 17, 2011

Unconscious behavioral guidance systems by TheMizzouTube on August 23, 2011  Dr. John Bargh, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science  Yale University

7 John Bargh's rudeness priming experiments provide strong evidence against free will by causalwill on Apr 26, 2011

Free Will, the Problem of Evil and Heaven" by johnnyp76  October 28, 2010

Cross Examination, White vs. Sungenis, Free Will? by DrOakley1689 on Sep 11, 2010 religious debate

Strawson by jvukovlectures on Dec 7, 2009  About Galen Strawson

Free Will And Determinism by TheSkepticalAtheist  November 30, 2009

Neuroscience and Free Will by LennyBound on Oct 24, 2009

RE: Free Will vs. Determinism by miselaineeous on January 1, 2009

Neuroscience and Free Will - Libet's Experiment by luoshuzhai  Jun 30, 2009

Free Will - "God Style" PART 3; Finale by NonStampCollector on Dec 13, 2008 animated

Free Will - "God" style: a gift? by NonStampCollector on Oct 4, 2008  animated

On priming by wildricegrains on September 9, 2008  Dr. John Bargh

Free will, determinism - Reason behind choice by Stecca on May 11, 2008

Free Will? Quantum Mechanics Clarified (Part 1) by elimisteve  Feb 22, 2008

God's Will vs Free Will by KingHeathen on February 1, 2008

Free will? by rnjkings on October 12, 2007

Philosophy Blog: FREE WILL PART 3 by burnvictim77 on October 16, 2006

Philosophy Blog: FREE WILL PART 2 by burnvictim77 on October 2, 2006

Philosophy Blog: FREE WILL by burnvictim77 on September 5, 2006

 

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