Free Will

My belief is that free will is extremely limited, and essentially does not exist. Instead, everything that is processed by our mind is part of an extremely advanced algorithm which is extremely variable and capable of vast capabilities. There are two initial reasons I believe this. The first is the advancements that are beginning to become more and more apparent in technology. As scientists and engineers continue to improve Artificial Intelligence technology (quite advanced technology in this genre is already available, like Siri), it becomes more and more apparent that eventually supercomputers will be able to process information in a conscious way and replicate human thoughts and emotions. The only reason this would be possible would be through an advanced algorithm which would essentially be the same as the one functioning in our brains. However, the key to discovering this may be moving in the opposite direction, and is my second point. In this article, Kerri Smith examines the idea that is presently being explored by neuroscientists which declares that all decisions are made in advance by the brain. Thus, there is no such thing as a decision made in the present. Everything has already been done/decided by your mind, and your consciousness is simply creating an illusion of making a spontaneous decision. However, the question that this would bring about would be what is the purpose of having a consciousness? My belief is that consciousness is essentially an extremely capable sensor for the brain. A natural algorithm would cause the brain to focus consistently on doing/deciding what is best for a person at any given moment. The consciousness would simply detect the environment and situation in which the person is to provide the necessary information to the brain to make this decision.
The question that now comes to mind is why people are capable of making bad decisions if this algorithm is optimized for the best decisions at any point in time. Why are we capable of regretting what we did if we did what was best for us? The reason for this is that the more visible function of consciousness is to create a perception for us. Our consciousness is essentially our own view of what we do. However, this means that it is able to modify its thoughts for any given situation. The algorithm is in the present, and thus is often unable to calculate the reaction that it later observes displayed by the environment. While our brains may be a computer on a base level, our environment isn’t. We do not live in the Matrix. Thus, what the algorithm decides is essentially what is best for us at any given moment, based on survival and advancement. This brings me to my final point.
If this algorithm is consistent, why does it allow/cause us to evolve? If everything is a chain of events, how does this chain events lead to us becoming different from what we were before, specifically as a species, not necessarily as individuals? As mentioned before, the ultimate goal of this algorithm is survival, but a core principle that it follows is simple success. Natural selection bases itself off of being better, more advanced. In some species, this causes evolution to a new species, which then faces a whole new segment of competition. In other species, it simply involves adaption, and the species is unable to evolve as completely or drastically as humans have been able to. Yet, this algorithm attempts to go all out. The algorithm advances itself genetically, as passed through generations. Perhaps there is some more scientific view on this, but this is my philosophical viewpoint at the moment.


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