Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Willpower: Awareness of Probabilities

In the article about pattern recognition simply being sight into the future, I alluded to the ability to make a choice.

There are a few subjective experiences which our current model of physics doesn't properly explain, one of which is the experience of willpower. Willpower is the process of choosing your thinking (directing your neurons), using those neurons to physically move (directing your body). Your body then is used to modify the rest of physics (the physical universe) as you see fit.

You are aware of the different choices in front of you. You can see the future (by visualizing the outcome of different choices). Yet in addition to seeing the result of those choices, you are deeply aware that you are able to direct your body. That there are different possibilities. That the world is going to be continuing on its path defined by simple physics unless you choose to change it.

Without willpower, the ball thrown at you would hit you square in the chest. But you are aware that you can direct your neurons to direct your hand to intercept the ball. You have essentially used your willpower to modify the "traditional" course of physics.

If we look on a more micro level, there are probabilities. Probable outcomes based on our choices. This will be more deeply explained in my future post about the universe's structure, but suffice it to say that there are probable outcomes based on our decisions. While pattern recognition is the awareness of those different choices, the fact that we can direct which probable outcome will actually occur gives us the subjective experience of willpower (which is different from the experience of visualizing the future using pattern recognition).

Choice, willpower, free will. While the topic of free will versus determinism is hotly debated, I assert that willpower is simply an awareness that there are probable outcomes in our universe, and that our neurons can affect those outcomes.  My previous definition of a sense as "an awareness of some property of the universe through time" is important, because the awareness of us making choices through time and affecting the physics around us allows us to define the subjective experience of willpower as a sense.

Our senses list now looks like the following:

SenseAwareness of...
SoundEnergy Waves
TouchNuclear Force
TasteChemical Structure
SmellChemical Structure
EmotionsHormone Levels
EmpathyOther Awarenesses
MemoryThe Past
Pattern RecognitionThe Future

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