Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Free Will Experiment

Here's a thought experiment.

Imagine you are looking at a drop of blood under a powerful microscope. You are able to see white blood cells attacking and consuming foreign invaders. You say: It sure does seem like the white blood cells want to go after those foreigners! But they are pretty complacent when there are no invaders. What vigilant guardians are these beings! But then you come back to reality and realize that although it seems that they have a will and mind of their own, it's really all just chemical reactions.

Imagine giant alien beings are looking down at humanity. One says: Look at those humans, they seek pleasure, avoid pain, they often act according to a moral code; they even make scientific discoveries! The other one says: It sure does seem that way, but we both know that it's really all just chemical reactions.

How are we different from the white blood cells?

7 comments:

Lubab No More said...

We're more complex. That's about it.

Most people believe we have the ability to actively choose one option out of many (free will) but the jury is still out on this one.

Jewish Sceptic said...

It's the same question with genes. You have to get your head around the fact that the genes can't actually think for themselves...though it sometimes seems they do the thinking for us...

Shahid72 said...

You're assuming we're different. Perhaps we're not.

Stacey said...

Our emotions set us apart.

the sabra said...

We were given free choice by G-d, in the Torah. "Choose life", He tells us. He lays out the options and tells us that we have free choice.

Nancy said...

Yeah. We are much more complex than white blood cells.
I liked the post. Keep writing!

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