Which is Necessary for Cognition, “Free Will” or “Free Will Illusion”?

Enrico Bignetti*

Which is Necessary for Cognition, “Free Will” or “Free Will Illusion”?

In our opinion theistic religions facilitate the opposite, i.e., they reinforce personal identity and by-products of the mind such as a sense of ego and FW. On the basis of the historical,
political, cultural and social environment, all religions tend to strongly support the dichotomy between the brain and mind riding the wave of dissent within the scientific community, so that
we fear that the cultural prejudices in this context will bias any positivistic theory of mind even though supported with strong experimental validations.

According to our knowledge, the way Rolls and Deco interpret the dynamics of their simulated systems, enter in conflict with thermodynamics and, in particular, with entropy implications. One of the most common way of measuring the energy involved in entropy loss is to calculate the number of states of equivalent energy through which a system can resonate, i.e., the
interchangeable states that exhibit the same probability.

It is quite obvious even to a non-professional that a decision is thought elaborated in response to the outer or inner stimuli to satisfy desires and ensure general well-being; in other words, it is a reaction to put ourselves again in equilibrium with the environment.

However, an even more relevant consequence is that the conscious mind cannot take any decision
nor execute an action “on its own”, i.e., in the absence of any input. In other words, a logic and finalistic action is causally dependent on the nature of the outer stimuli. This inference is
in contrast with the idea that the mind can elaborate on its own decisions autonomously and, ultimately against FW.

Psychol Cogn Sci Open J. 2017; 3(4): 116-122. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-3-133