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Advanced Free Will Theory #4

December 5, 2012

“I think therefore I am,” is what Descartes came up with. Today the
common scientific view is more like, “I think therefore I am not and
neither is anything else.” By declaring that free will is an
impossibility a priori, the modern scientist consigns everything that
exists, did exist, or will exist to be a machine. Without free will,
consciousness is safely removed from all hard sciences because it is
inconsequential. To the modern scientist, it seems, the only thing
given causative power is mathematical equations — nothing actually
real. The real, in this view, is a complete slave to the non-real.
The real can’t change (or earn) its fate in this view. Without
purpose or will, everything becomes one gigantic free lunch with magic
non-real equations hosting the party.

What is the alternative, you ask? The alternative is to make
consciousness fundamental instead of derived. One way to do this is
to postulate that all fundamental particles (electrons etc.) are
conscious and therefore that non-conscious fundamental particles are
an impossibility. Only collections of particles would be
non-conscious in much the same way a group of people in a room is not
one consciousness. The key, I think, to making this concept work is
to imagine that consciousnesses (entities — shorter word) can be
inside another consciousness. A fundamental entity can’t be a point
with no inside (Platonic) but something that has an inside and an
outside in which the whole can control (partially) the entities inside
it. With a theory of nested entities, fundamental entities do not
have to be windowless monads as Leibniz imagined but very windowful
monads with tenants. The model for what the inside of a fundamental
entity that intrigues me is our finite universe itself — entities
with free will moving around (particles) which the universe as a whole
has considerable control over (various laws of physics which it
enforces). The inside of an electron I imagine is a small universe
with a very large number of photons (entities with free will) inside
it which it in turn partially controls. With a theory of nested
entities it’s possible to postulate that all particles and finite
universes are conscious with free will.

But how could one possibly think of an electron as an entity with free
will since each electron seems identical to all the others, you ask?
With the idea of nested entities, an entity (our universe) has free
will control over what entities (particles) it allows to be its
tenants (inside of it) and what kind of behavior is permitted. For
instance, if an electron decided to be twice as massive, the universe
might beat it back to the universe’s preferred mass for an electron.
After this happens a few times the electron will probably decide not
to try to become twice as massive with its own free will. Viewed in
this way the discovered laws of physics become rules that benefit the
universe as a whole and/or the particles in it. A few big
fundamentals for entities are time perception, causative power, and
fitness. In other words, how much consciousness, how much free will,
and last but certainly not least — how good a decision-maker. Time
perception (for the particles in our universe) seems pretty
straightforward with the equation f=mc^2/h. The more massive the
particle, the higher the frequency and presumably the more time
perception. For instance, a proton would experience over 1800 times
more per given unit of time than an electron. The universe itself,
given its very great mass, would experience an awful lot per second
and therefore would make a mind-boggling number of decisions a second.
A particle in the middle of a person’s brain (my theory for how the
brain works is that the brain acting like a computer directs
information to a central particle and receives commands from that
particle, the person’s consciousness or soul) might be thousands of
times more massive when he is awake than when he is in a deep sleep.
But what of fitness? When a particle reaches a certain level of
fitness I think the particle (usually) figures out a way to grow in a
way that the universe will permit allowing it more consciousness and
causative power (more freedom). For instance, a proton might have
played the role of a proton for 15 billion years (which might seem
like one year to the proton) when it finally figures out how to grow.
Physicists have theorized that 99% of the universe’s mass may be very
massive particles (dark matter). Maybe these particles do exist and
are protons that achieved a greater level of awareness and free will
permitted by our universe. By postulating that fundamentally
everything is alive, things get better with time in contrast to the
standard of postulating that fundamentally everything is dead and
therefore only getting worse (the big crunch).

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