The illusion
of
choice


There is no such thing as free choice, just predetermined outcomes.
 
Miles T Dugmore 28th January 2016
 

This excellent video will help illustrate how the outcomes of our lives are entirely random, the largest part of that randomness being the random events that happen to us.
 
No one is born evil. No one becomes a criminal through choice.
 
Anyone who achieves does so only because of luck.
 
Of course those in power or authority or even a priviledged postion find such a concept unacceptable. They simply cannot face reality.
 
So in the spirit of the previous paragraph, I dedicate this video to Dr Rutger de Ridder, Psychiatrist, New Zealand
Mental health services have become increasingly dominated by psychiatry’s “medical
model’’, which claims that feeling depressed, anxious or paranoid is primarily caused
by genetic predispositions and chemical imbalances.
Psychiatrists and psychiatry are systems of social suppression. The only mitigation a psychiatrist could claim, is that they ended up in the situation they did through no free choice of their own. Indeed that is true. The question then remaining is if they have the moral compass and psychological strength to remove their heads from their cloud of delusion and arrogance ? Probably not as they are as addicted to their position as any drug addict.
For most, this will be an uncomfortable exercise. We all live an illusion to some extent, and we don't like our illusions challenged.
 
"people" often look for excuses to ignore that which does not fit their World view. If they can't find an obvious excuse, then they will seek to find fault in the messenger.
 
One such excuse is to dismiss something as a philosophical view meaning we can discuss this forever but I'm still right attitude.
 
I will clearly demonstrate that this is no philosophical view point.
 
It is both simple and compelling yet has the ability to change the whole way we look at how people function in our society.
 
It facts are very simple and of course that is what makes the argument totally compelling. Who argues about the existence of gravity. We can observe it easily. A moments thought, and anyone can observe that there is no such thing as free choice.
 
The analogy with gravity is excellent because whilst simple in it's concept, explains so much about our universe. It is the same with the fact that there is no such thing as free choice, just predetermined outcomes.
 
If someone tries to make an arguement against the concept of predetermined outcomes, then whenever they make a statement to try and contrdict this position, just ask them what was the origin of that statement.
 
An example could be
 
"but I worked hard to get to where I am" (wishing to think there is something special about their hard work).
 
Well just ask "so where did the ethic for hard work come from".
 
The most usual response is silence.
 
To fully grasp the reality we need to reflect on how it is that we think we make a conscious choice.
 
What can a choice be based on ?
 
I state that a choice can only be made based on two factors.
 
One is our genetics over which we had no control, and the other is past experiences which were all a consequence of genetics and past experiences themselves.
 
So each predetermined outcome is built on a previous predetermined outcome, none of which we had any control over.
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
A few days later, the same two children come around to play again. You make an apparent choice not to play with the Red headed child because of your previous experience with this red headed child.
 
But was it a real choice and not a predetermined outcome ?
 
What other choice would you have made, and if you made another choice when what were the other factors involved. If there were other factors, they could have only been as a result of random events over which you had not control.
 
If you were to rewind the second day of play a million times with exactly the same circumstances, would there have ever been another choice ?
 
If there had been a possibility for another choice then something must have changed ?
 
So there was no choice at all, all things being equal, as you were predetermined to make the apparent choice.
 
It was in fact just a predetermined outcome based on your past experiences with some genetic input.
 
Example two:
 
Two people are driving from city A to city B.
 
Each come to a fork in the road.
 
One the left is a bumpy dusty road and on the road and the road being travelled on to this point continues the good surface.
 
The first person does not know that a bridge further down the main (good) road has been swept away.
 
This person continues on the main road, crashes into the river, dies.
 
The second person has been told that the bridge has been destroyed and to take the dusty road.
 
This person gets to the fork, takes the dusty road and duly arrives at city B alive and well.
 
Now if this situation were to be rerun a million times, would either person make a different apparent choice ?
 
Even if both decided to cancel their journeys, that potential predetermined outcome is still there. It was never considered to make the journey, the potential predetermined outcome is still there but remains dormant.
 
There is an ever deeper underlaying understanding that further reinforces the reality that everything is a predetermined outcome, and that is the relationship between our conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
 
We think we make fully conscious decisions. Nothing of the sort.
 
When we are posed with an apparent choice, it is our subconscious that gets to work. Of course we don't know this because we don't hear the voices of the subconscious.
 
So we don't consciously know what our subconscious was chattering about when it made up it's mind to inform our conscious what to do......
 
Again, an example might provide better insight...
 
If someone tosses a coin and asks “heads or tails”, you think you chose a random answer.. of course not.
 
Your subconscious would have reflected upon all the times is has seen someone toss a coin and then based on those past experiences, inform your conscious mind of the answer.
 
Now suppose you had only even seen a coin land with it's heads up.... would you ever not call heads ?
 
The apparent choice was based entirely on your past experiences.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is best illustrated by examples.


Example one:

Did you chose to be born ?

Did you chose to be breast fed ?

At what time do you think you had your first free choice ?

Lets assume that your first apparent free choice was when another child was brought into your home.

Lets assume that two children were brought around to play with you.

One child has Red hair, the other has Black hair.

Your behavior in playing with these children will depend on your genetics and the level of nurturing and encouragement your mother gave you as a baby neither of which you had any control (choice) over.

So you start to play randomly with these two children. The child with the Red hair hits you hard.

You cry and move away but carry on playing with the child with the Black hair.
 
continued..........