Apparently, there are some very untrained people who follow my blog who don’t understand what science is and what it isn’t.
You know who you are.
Listen up: I’ll say it again.
Here are the first (7) definitions of the word science from http://www.dictionary.com:
- a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences;
- systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation;
- any of the branches of natural or physical science;
- systematized knowledge in general;
- knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study;
- a particular branch of knowledge;
- skill, esp. reflecting a precise application of facts or principles; proficiency.
Don’t take my word for it, go and see yourself: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/science
Every one of the above definitions requires observable and unchangeable conclusions—water freezes at 32° Fahrenheit or 0° Celsius and boils at about 212° Fahrenheit or 100° Celsius, at sea level, every time—in order to be accepted into scientific canon.
That is what science is: the aggregate observations of stuff that behaves the same way under the same circumstances all the time.
Say it with me: science.
Free will messes this up because by virtue of having a free will, you don’t have to do the same thing the same way under the same circumstances all the time.
It is the most blind argument: “Show me the proof from science for free will,” barked one skeptic. “Science itself is the evidence for free will, you muppet,” is the proper answer.
In fact, we have science because of free will. If we couldn’t alter the conditions of the experiment of any phenomena we were testing, we would never arrive at the truth of it.
That’s what “free” means.
Say it with me: free.
You can choose.
Hydrogen can’t choose. Flourine can’t choose. Sodium hexafluoroaluminate can’t choose.
The chemistry, the anatomy, the morphology of a human being can be studied scientifically and recorded.
A free will cannot by any definition of science be completely correctly anticipated…because it can choose. A free will can change words mid-sentence, change direction mid-step.
Here’s the wonder of it all: intelligent beings can determine themselves.
This offends some weaker scientists who crave more than anything to arrogate unto themselves and their craft jurisdiction over all things in creation, including sapient beings. They do this by saying free will is an illusion, yet another neurochemical storm, and that pure genetic determinism is at the root of everything you do. Understand, they must say that—Why? They refuse to see anything that resides outside their box; they are trapped in their box. If you tell them there is something outside their box, they will mock you, and scorn you, and call you delusional.
The standard response of scared people. Nothing new.
Don’t be surprised: they are practicing what they preach. These men and women do not believe in free will. They do not accept (especially publicly, after all they have grants to keep) they are free to choose anything other than their own dim scientific dogma. They don’t believe in free will, so why are you expecting them to use it?
Of course, in reality, they are using it. They just deny it.
Free will frees you from genetic determinism. That is the fantastic power of it. You are not some clever cellular drone. You can think, feel, dream, aspire, imagine and worship.
Truthfully, in many matters but especially philosophical ones, materialists are the delusional ones. They are trapped by their physical senses and dismiss any communication outside their range.
Leave them alone. Trying to drag them or any other addict from the very source of their addiction—whether it is alcohol, heroin or materialism—only enrages them. Leave them be. There are more reasonable people in the world who are hungry for the truth, and need help.
Also, there are thousands of good, fair, hard-working, credible scientists who know what microscopes, stethoscopes and/or telescopes can see and prove, and what they can’t. Good science is worth funding. Don’t worry about the crackpots, the amazing things in life are never endangered by facts and evidence, they are invariably bolstered by them.
Last word: if you are trying to scientifically disprove or imprison a bodiless, incorporeal intelligence…
Well, call me when you succeed.