Determinism suggests that, Given enough information about something and its context, An outcome can be predicted exactly. "Free will" is a comparatively lazy explanation, And gives way to determinism the more information can be obtained. Most phenomena at some point were believed to be unpredictable, Until developments were made to measure and consistently predict them (e. G. Weather, Illness, Etc. ). There is a pattern of humans not understanding something well and so providing the laziest of all solutions: that it CAN'T be understood--in other words, It is random. I'll illustrate:
Consider rolling a 6-sided die. Technically speaking, With enough information about the die, Its motion, The atmosphere and the surface it rolls on, Careful physics calculations can predict exactly what side will be face up upon rolling it, Every time. However, In its normal use, A person is unaware of most of these variables, And unable to toss a die with sufficient precision to predict its outcome themselves. This lack of information allows us to treat die rolls as though they are "random. " Strictly speaking, Dice rolls under typical conditions only "resemble" random outcomes, Which justify their use. However, If a person trained enough with a fair die on a certain surface, It could be feasible to force certain outcomes. It should be noted that a similar concept has been proven in forcing a coin flip (1).
Free Will requires that human decision-making is a unique exception to being determinable. Presumably, The non-determinable aspect resides in either the brain itself or in a "soul. " While free will proponents have done little in the way of substantiating that claim, There are many studies that suggest humans are predictable by nature. Case in point, Targeted advertising exploits the relative reliability with which humans can be predicted, Needing only to identify the relevant attributes that correlate with an interest in a product (2).
(1) https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Coin_flipping#Physics
(2) https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Targeted_advertising#The_major_psychographic_segments
Free will seems impossible to justify although it makes sense to us. . . But still there are mamy animals like insects and bees that seem to be just that mini computers. Bees need to make honey and ants need to build and survive. What's the difference to a human?
Nor do I understand why everyoke wants free will to be true. That would mean our actions are responsible and we did it wrong. If instead Hard Determinism is true then we are not responsible that means there is no fault and no guilt. Of course it doesn't allow us to do everything we want. But isn't that much better - letting yourself off the hook that is free will?
People say if Hard Determinism is true then what's the point. Well, If free will is true then what's the point? We're gonna die. Smith in the Matrix said it best - the point of life is to end. The twin towers collapsing was free will? Or was it hard determinism? Is this the only world possible? (Multiverse is a joke of a theory, I think) I hope Hard Determinism is true. Please comment and give examples as to why Hard Determinism is true, Cause that is fun to read. Or prove me wrong. I believe in Hard Determinism.
Bees are stuck to their role because of genetics. Some will be workers some will be drones some will be males and only a few will be queens. However ROYAL JELLY is what can changes a bee. If a bee gets royal jelly they can become a queen.
Humans are way more complex. Children want to be a doctor or a cop or a firefighter, Or some job. But then some thing happens and their life changes. The college graduate becomes homeless the cop becomes a drug dealer and some dude becomes a millionaire.
You can change things. Do yourself a favor and ignore philosophers. Their ideas and debates lead to nowhere and they do nothing. A simple man who digs ditches has more value than a philosopher king.