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Advanced Free Will Theory

December 5, 2012

I’ll start with a basic assumption common in economics and common
sense — everything has a price. What is the price for the existence
of an electron or our universe or any other neighboring universe? An
answer that keeps haunting me is that an electron or a universe must
work for its own level of achievement. In other words, the price of
existence is consciousness. I mean “work” in the sense of work that
only a consciousness with free will can provide. A consciousness with
free will can do one thing that no machine can do — make genuine
novel self-interested decisions. According to quantum mechanics,
fundamental particles are constantly making decisions and the
expansion of the universe can be interpreted as a self-interested
action of the universe — it’s not the particles themselves that are
causing the universe to expand — it’s the universe itself.

But in order to understand the utility of self-interested free will
decisions of anything, motivation must be understood. In order to
understand motivation, emotions must be understood. Now, if all
electrons and other particles have emotions, where did the emotions
come from? If each electron manufactures its own complex emotions
over the eons, where does pain and pleasure (fundamental emotions)
come from? What gives the universe pleasure and pain, what gives an
electron pleasure or pain? If decisions we make successfully shape
the future the way we hope, we are happy. The ability to successfully
predict and selectively change the future seems to make us happy. If
prediction and the capability of changing the future are synonymous
with pleasure then pleasure is current creative power and pain is the
current differences between reality and past predictions.

The upshot of this analysis is that particles do work by changing the
future in order to increase their ability to change the future. The
only way to do that is for the particle to become more wise and
knowledgeable. But how can the universe become more knowledgeable and
wise? A universe can change its own structure — it can expand — or
contract. A universe can make decisions by rearranging particles,
exporting particles, and importing particles. A universe can set the
rules by which its particles live by rewarding particles that follow
the rules and punishing particles that break the rules. In short term
the particles will follow the rules as long as following the rules
benefits them.

The question arises, what are the limits on the power of a universe
and where does it get its energy from? It must ultimately get its
energy from predicting and changing the future. The more successful a
universe or particle is at successfully changing the future the more
energy it will have. Why? Energy is the ability to change the
future. The equation E=mc^2, relates mass to energy which means mass
is also a measure of the ability to change the future. If you were a
universe with ten particles in you that you control by basically being
more than ten times smarter than your subjects, wouldn’t your mass
exceed the combined mass of your ten subjects?

Where is the wisdom and knowledge of the universe stored if not in its
particles? The only possible answer is the geometry of the universe
itself. By geometry, I mean each memory must be a structure of space
itself. The question then arises how fast can a universe change its
geometry and what are its limits? Since its power is derived by its
ability to change the future, if it changes too fast its ability to
predict and change the future would be in jeopardy and pain would be
probable. If it changes its geometry too slowly it risks not changing
the future, which results in no pleasure, and worse as entropy
increases because no decisions are made to preserve capabilities.

What is the linkage between successful willful changing the future and
pleasure and energy for a universe? When a universe makes a decision
and changes the geometry of itself and the particles do voluntarily
what the universe wants and expects, it amplifies its effort many
times. It only took the universe a slight amount of energy to change
its geometry slightly but gets rewarded many times over because
massive numbers of citizen particles do what the universe expects them
to do voluntarily. It’s like the president of a company that makes a
wise decision that doesn’t require any great immediate effort but
results in her employees and customers doing what she predicts which
in short order makes her a million dollars richer. In this way we can
think of the universe as a wise efficient boss that has many employees
(particles) and customers (other universes). It is also possible to
think of electrons as universes that are conscious with many particle
employees (photons) and customers (other particles and its universe).
I really think it is possible to create a explanation of physics using
self-interested consciousnesses with free will as the basic unit, in
fact I think it is a necessity.

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