I occasionally get asked about how my idea that we all have a Model of Reality(which is our memory) which makes us us, precludes the notion of 'free will'.
What happens is that someone will ask a question regarding it, when it comes up in our ongoing marathon here:-
then I'll explain how 'free will' is an illusion.
Then an interesting thing usually happens. Sooner or later the commenter will have a comment which pointedly states that he/she uses his/her 'free will' in some way or other. (Proving to him/herself that there is such a thing because it can be 'brought up' I imagine.)
I'm not trying to say that I am in some kind of better position to understand reality than anyone else, after all, I just have a 'model of reality' myself.
Still, I think that this is a helpful idea in several important ways.
Admitting that your mind, right now, is a model of reality that you have built up since you were born and will continue to build on throughout your life gives us answers to philosophical conundrums such as the notion of solipsism, 'Brain-in-bucket' thought experiments, "Who are you?" type koans and things like this.
Who am I? Well I am the streaming consciousness having the accrued model of reality which no-one else has or could ever have.
Why does this obliterate free will? Well you were born a blank slate and at THAT time you could be said to have a free will or no will at all.
Excepting some instinctual needs which are exactly the same for everyone, we are born into a situation which we must learn to deal with.
We must learn to communicate, which means building a model of reality.
Even the most vociferous opponent of the 'model of reality' can't say that babies through several years have any meaningful options concerning who their care-givers are and what the care-givers education, financial situation, physical location etc. including what their 'model of reality' is.
I'd like to hear from some proponents of 'free will'. Exactly when, in a child's life does he/she attain this state of having 'free choice'?
When did you start imagining that you have/had free will? Did someone tell you that it was something that you had?
I'm thinking that if you are a proponent of free will, you have no choice but to believe you have it, BUT do you have any rationale for your belief of free will, or is it just part of your model of reality?