Perhaps it isn’t Trump’s fault, after all. Free Will or Inevitability.

Perhaps you believe that Donald J. Trump is a lying, incompetent bigot and an obvious con man.

Or not.

Perhaps you see the evidence everywhere, from his business history to his personal history to his political history. Or not.

Either way, it may not be his fault or yours.

The word “fault” no longer may apply to our lives.

The standard “Big Bang” model, which currently is one of the accepted descriptions of our universe’s beginning, holds that everything started from essentially nothing.

This science posits that about 13.7 billion years ago, give or take a few hundred million, a dimensionless point, according to as yet unknown laws of physics, somehow expanded via something we call “inflation” to almost the size it is today.

And did this in less than a second.

We say, “laws of physics,” but laws are invented by humans, and we don’t know what laws apply,  if laws apply, or even if there are laws.

“Inflation” is just a meaningless word for, “We don’t know how the universe came to be so big, so in our ignorance, we gave it a name.” 

Presumably, if scientists didn’t understand biologic reproduction, they would term pregnancy, “inflation.”

One even could say the 13.7-year time scale is meaningless, because time as we believe it to be, is relative to speed and gravity, neither of which we can measure with assurance that far back, and in any event, “years” relate to earth’s turns around the sun, which didn’t exist.

So the whole thing is based on smoke and mirrors, but it’s a tale that helps us to visualize a story, if not to know the truth.

We currently think the early universe was composed of energy, whatever that may have been then, which according to certain laws of physics (those “laws,” again) somehow formed particles.

And we believe these particles somehow assembled into and hydrogen and helium atoms, which further assembled into stars, and the stars exploded creating all the visible matter in the universe — including you and me.

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From a single dimensionless point came billions of these.

According to the known laws of physics, every atom of your body at one time existed in a star.

And in violation of another law (the 2nd law of thermodynamics), those stars assembled into beautiful galaxies, and you assembled into you.

The second law of thermodynamics states that the total disorder of an isolated system cannot decrease over time.

For instance, a bottle can break into a thousand pieces, but those pieces cannot spontaneously reassemble. Yet that is exactly what the universe is said to have done.

Fundamental to our beliefs about the physical world is the notion that nothing happens without a cause. An atom does not simply decide to move. Interactions with something — another atom and/or a force — move it.

And for those interactions to happen, there must have been a previous cause, which themselves had a cause, and over again and again, dating back forever, or at least to the so-called “Big Bang,” which too must have had a cause.

It is like the child’s endlessly asking, “Why?” following every explanation. Everything has a “why?”

The atoms of your brain follow cause and effect. Your every thought, emotion, and action results from those atoms being impacted by other atoms and forces, in an endless chain.

Think about it. Can you imagine any mechanism by which your so-called “will” could change the directed actions of the atoms and their forces in your brain and the rest of your body?

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Cause and effect.  Sunburn doesn’t happen without the sun.

Are you angry? Happy? Puzzled? Hungry? Curious? Sad? Do you walk, run, speak, sing, or fire a gun?

Do any of these not involve the actions of particles in your brain and body — atoms that came to you from exploding stars many light years distant?

What control could you have over any of your brain’s particles, without involving particles that are affected by other particles, down through history?

Are you reading this article because you want to, or because you have no control over your life’s events? You may think it’s because you want to.

But why do you want to? Doesn’t this desire involve the atoms of your brain, atoms which may be billions of years old? And haven’t these atoms been affected by other atoms for billions of years?

Every action in the universe involves the cause and effect dances among particles.

Visualize watching a movie. You may like or dislike the characters on the screen. You may wish them well or ill. You may cross your fingers or whisper a prayer. You may close your eyes in fear or open them wide in enjoyment.

But all your efforts will not affect the movie’s action. The movie you see is an illusion. The outcome is predetermined.

Since every action is the result of a previous action, everything you do is predetermined:

Despite what you may choose to believe, you have no free will.

And it all began with something currently named, “the Big Bang, or perhaps even before then.

So when I tell you about Donald Trump’s negative characteristics, I illogically may hope it will affect your beliefs and your future actions, especially your voting actions.

But everything — my choice of words, your belief, your subsequent actions, even my hopes — everything has been determined by what came before — billions of years, before.

I can no more alter my destiny or your opinions than I can change the orbit of a Milky Way constellation.

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Omar Khayyám

Inevitability helps explain what otherwise seems unexplainable.

Consider “quantum entanglement.”  Overly simplified, quantum entanglement describes two or more tiny particles relate in such a way, that what happens to one, instantly and predictably affects the other, no matter how far apart they may be.Image result for quantum entanglement

One particle can be here on Earth and the other can be sent to Mars, yet if you change particle #1, particle #2 simultaneously will change in a predictable way, even though there is no way that particle #2  could have “learned” what change you made to particle #1.

It would be as though particle #2 were able to “predict” what change you decided to make in particle #1, even before you made it, and thereby change preemptively, before the information arrived. This is one of the great mysteries of quantum mechanics.

One solution to this puzzle of prior knowledge would be for everything to be inevitable and determined by the actions of all that came before.

Just as with the start of a movie, the ending is predetermined. Your action on particle #1 and the change in particle #2 both are predetermined, so “prediction” is not an issue.

Mystery solved.

If everything is predetermined, and we have no free will, why do I bother? Why do you bother? What’s the use of our efforts? Why do we hope and strive? Why do we experience joy and disappointment?

And the answer, of course, is we have no alternative and no control. We are pre-programmed robots, and part of our programming is not only to believe we have free will, but to hope and strive and to experience.

Things are what they are, because of cause and effect, down to the smallest level.

And finally, whether or not you believe this, or doubt it or have learned from it — all that was determined many billions of years ago.

Our movie has been filmed.

I hope you enjoy it, though that already has been determined.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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16 thoughts on “Perhaps it isn’t Trump’s fault, after all. Free Will or Inevitability.

  1. That’s where “GOD” comes in. It answers all those questions, like it or not. Actually the latest news about the point beginning is that inflation started before the singularity. So it’s not settled.
    Interesting though. Money comes from nothing, laws come from nothing. The universe comes from nothing. Nothing is doing a lot for us, wouldn’t you agree?

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      1. He just “IS”. [the church reckons]. Always has been and always will be. You can’t argue it. You can’t prove it, or disprove it. [Very convenient]
        But equally you can’t prove or disprove the existence of the singularity. I think we humans are doing well just to have come up with the concept.

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          1. Interesting parallel with currency creation. “God” is outside the laws of the Universe, by definition. As an inevitability we can say the currency is defined alike but the government is given the God like right to deal with it and can do what it likes with it. Everything starts with nothing. Virgin birth anyone?

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      1. Religion is make-believe. Anything can unite people if they believe in it, however absurd. Faith is belief unsupported by facts even if they stare you in the face. Why does Christianity make a big deal of free will?

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  2. “And, who created God?”

    Creation involves a before and an after, i.e., something coming into existence at a certain point in time. But time does not exist. Time is an illusion of the mind.

    You can not understand this because you are trying to understand with mind, what is beyond mind.

    Because the question is based on a fallacy, the answer to the question of who created God is that the question does not arise.

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  3. Two things. First, you appear to have done with particles what Derrida did with words.

    Second, your allusion to the 2nd law of thermodynamics is inappropriate. Increased disorder in the thermodynamic sense is a loss of potential, typically to heat. Galaxy formation has massively reduced the potential of the universe, even as it is an apparent increase in order.

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    1. Thank you, I.H., for your input. If you are a physicist, who has studied the 2nd law of thermodynamics, I bow to your superior knowledge.

      So, please tell me, at what point does the formation of an organized, pinwheel galaxy, and then a solar system, and then life — all from randomly dispersed helium — obey the 2nd law?

      Thank you in advance for your explanation.

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      1. Not a physicist, but close enough (materials scientist).

        The formation of galaxies, and of all complex systems obeys the 2nd law at all times. This can only be seen if you consider the larger system, not just individual entities within it. In each formative process, energy in the aggregate flows down the potential gradient, even as some of that energy is harnessed to create local order (think water flow being harnessed by a dam). These processes are never 100% efficient in the aggregate. For example, plants utilize radiation to produce glucose from carbon dioxide and water. Local entropy has decreased (two species converted to one, and in a higher energy state than either parent species), but the amount of order gained by creating this molecule is not as large as the entropy increase in the solar system during this process. Through time, entropy is always increasing via the inefficient production of local order.

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        1. Thanks,

          What a miracle is a diffuse gas in space eventually organizing into a human being because locally, gravity, atomic forces, electrical charge, and magnetism fight entropy.

          Your informed opinion is most welcome.

          Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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