NON-CAUSED “truly random” EVENTS AND FREE WILL!
WHAT IS A NON-CAUSED EVENT?
An event without a cause. Also known as an acausal event or “truly” random event.
DO NON-CAUSED EVENTS EXIST?
We don’t know for sure. Some quantum interpretations suggest they do, others suggest they don’t.
3 BIG PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS NON-CAUSED EVENTS HAVE
If one came about, it would have no spatial or temporal determinacy. This means it could happen at any location and at any time, or never happen at all. Even assessing a probability of where or when such an event will happen would be problematic.
Due to the above, we cannot say that a non-caused event happens to an existing object, as that object cannot cause (lead to) whether or not a non-caused event happens. The non-caused event would need to happen first, and only then interact with the existing object.
In regards to physics, there may also be other potential problems for non-caused events, for example, with the conservation of energy.
Some people think non-caused events can help grant free will since such would allow an “otherwise” to happen if we could rewind time to before a decision was made. Though this is true, such an “otherwise” would not be of the persons own accord.
REASONS WHY NON-CAUSED EVENTS CANNOT HELP GRANT FREE WILL.
If such non-caused event was possible, such an event could never be a willed event. In other words, it could never be an event that was CAUSED by a willer.
A non-caused event can be considered a starting point of a causal chain that would be totally out of the control of the willer.
If a non-caused event had any say on one’s conscious thought, such would most likely be a huge detriment to the coherence of such thought, just as if some random characters entered this sentence it wdo!ufld squBicksly vbecttome dincodh&ereJnffht.
The ability to have, of one’s own accord, done otherwise, is logically impossible, regardless if non-caused events happen or not. Both causality and acausality are incompatible with such free will.