Please check out my video that I made explaining my thoughts on determinism.
Hello. What I am going to present to you today is the argument for determinism. And so that is that free will is an illusion and not only is it an illusion but the very concept of it just doesn’t make any sense at all. You’re going to want to stick around for this as well because your mind, will be blown and you won’t have any control over that.
We should first start by defining some of our definitions. So free will is the idea that you could have chosen otherwise. If you rewind the clock back to a decision that you once made, free will states that you could have chosen differently. Most people tend to believe this, it’s a very normal, natural conclusion to come to. However, I am of the different opinion I think that everything we do is just due to external factors and it’s all just cause and effect. So no matter how many times you rewind the clock back, you’re always going to end up doing the same thing.
Determinism, as a philosophical concept has been around for quite some time now I am in good company, with the likes of Nietzsche, Albert Einstein, Spinoza, Sam Harris, all of whom believe as I do. And I guess I’ll first lead you down the rabbit hole that I first slipped down because there are some things that we very clearly do not have control over. If you watch this video you’ll see my point.
Most of you would have flinched. And this is what I call an involuntary action. So recoiling from pain like taking hand off a hot surface for instance, is an example of an involuntary action. These actions bypass the conscious thought process of your brain, and instead of thinking about something and performing them, you just perform them. There’s no thought required and there are evolutionary reasons for this as well.
All of these actions don’t require any thought. And I feel my main contention won’t be to convince you that you are not in control of your involuntary actions because, by definition you aren’t. But it will be to convince you that you aren’t even control of the things that you think you are in control of.