Friday, August 22, 2008

Free To Will?...

Scientific American takes a cheap shot at science.

Many scientists and philosophers are convinced that free will doesn’t exist
at all. According to these skeptics, everything that happens is determined by
what happened before—our actions are inevitable consequences of the events
leading up to the action—and this fact makes it impossible for anyone to do
anything that is truly free. This kind of anti-free will stance stretches back
to 18th century philosophy, but the idea has recently been getting much more
exposure through popular science books and magazine articles. Should we worry?
If people come to believe that they don’t have free will, what will the
consequences be for moral responsibility?

The mistake the writer of the article is making is to suggest genes micromanage our moral choices. They don't.
Genes simply make us more susceptible towards one decision or another, depending on who we are talking about.

For example, we often here the quip, "What if you had been born in a third world country?", as though we have some pre-existing spirit floating through the cosmos and landing randomly in wombs.
No, if you are a White person living in The West, it is not by chance. You were born who you are because of the genetics in your blood, which stretch back (biologically) from one generation to another, over tens of thousands of years.
Your Origins are ancient.
Your personality, temperament and morality are genetically woven into your makeup (which has been developing and evolving over many millenniums) and it is in this that genes alter the notion of free will.

In other words, your fortunes (or lack there of) are predetermined by the genes you carry. It is evolution which dictates your Fate before you are born, not gods.

What all of this has to do with is the social dogma of equality. The insistence of sociologists, religious zealots and corporate opportunists that all peoples must be equal in spite of the reality that they are obviously not.

One does not have to be particularly well traveled to note the various levels of varying moralities amongst the different races.

A search through this blog will provide many links to evidence of that...