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Free Will and Destiny

Updated on March 4, 2013

Destiny's Child

The fossil record of earthly life would indicate that the biblical account of Homo Sapien's start as a distinct specie should be interpreted metaphorically, not literally. Evolutionist theory posits that as a specie, Homo Sapiens started way before Adam and Eve made their appearance in the biblical Garden of Eden. Creationists are not too thrilled about this formulation, but one could argue that creation and evolution are not mutually exclusive. Does it really matter if God did not create humans in one clean swoop, but that he allowed the natural laws that he put into effect when he created the universe to act on the bio-chemical primordial soup that eventually led to the evolutionary formation of intelligent life on earth. That the human specie is evolution's greatest triumph have found expression in the development of a brain so singularly and complexly integrated that has then allowed humans to conceptualize ideas, one of which is that of all the sentient entities on earth, they and they alone are the only ones to have "free will" because they could act for no other reason than that their 5 physical senses have either provoked or invoked their cerebral capacity to idealize, conceptualize, and therefore create.

So is it the destiny of Homo Sapiens, among all the other sentient beings on earth, to claim ownership of "free will" or is this just some kind of evolutinary accident, not pre-determined by Divine intervention. The question might seem rhetorical and or theoretical to some, but I would argue that humans, having free will could and would allow them to act or not act under similar sets of circumstances. However, based on the recent findings of several neuro-physiologic laboratories, specifically looking into the molecular basis of brain function, the brain do "act" on its own via its unique bio-chemical processes. Some could then argue that man could never be the captain of his destiny because his brain's biochemical components and processes have pre-determined the course of action they might take given similar settings. Several investigations into the physiology of the dendro-axonal junction indicates that the brain could "act", (via those electro-bio-chemical components) on its own, independent of the input from our 5 physical senses.

The notion that free will and destiny are one and the same thing does not hold, although there are obvious connections and integrations that are mostly linear between the two. That our destiny as a specie to be "blessed" with this supremely complex organ system has led us to make the connections between action and destination. There are obvious individual differences from mind to mind, from action to action, from destination to destination, thus the existence of the variability of cause (free will) and effect (destination). Humans instinctively and intuitively assumes that they have free will because it is intertwined with the concept of individual responsibility and societal imposition of reward and punishment of actions emanating from the exercise of free will.

Would science inevitably come up with the empirical methodology that could question the existence of free will? Perhaps, What is definitely inevitable is the variability of man's perceptual abilities as they relate not only to what are immediately inferred by his 5 physical senses, but also to what are physically reachable via his ability to imagine and formulate concepts.

Which leads us to another perplexity. Since our 5 physical senses are substantially geared only to perceive the physical and material, what could have been the initiating impetus for humans to start conceptualizing the existence of the non-material and physical? Could there have been events, that were psychically and or physically course changing, in their evolutionary pathway that could explain this phenomena? Or is this preoccupation with entities unseen, untouched,untasted and and unfelt just a result of early man's inability to explain otherwise natural phenomena, that modern man now has all the scientific explanations for? Or did something happen to the physio-bio-chemical structure of the human brain along its long evolutinary course, that started the evocation of entities that are neither physical nor material. If so were these neurological events Divinely mandated, or just the result of physical laws acting on cellular structures that could in fact act on their own.

Is there really a connection between free will and creativity? This is pure conjecture on my part, and as guesses go, this one is really a wild one. Human creativity apparently was not something our hominid predecessors had, embedded in their cerebral matrix. The impetus for human creativity, apparently started in the upper paleolithic period, some 40,000 years ago. Our human lineage emerged in Africa around 6 million years ago so there was a considerable lag time between then and the paleolithic period. Could we possibly establish some kind of "time line" whence the biblical narrative of the creation of Adam and Eve, fits to some degree the 40,000 years or so ago when creativity started to flourish.

What I am positing here is that Adam and Eve were not the first created humans, but the first humans to exhibit free will, what with their ego driven decision to go against God's command to not eat the fruit of the "tree of knowledge" i.e the fruit of creativity.

Free will and creativity, seem to be entertwined in some ways, because to be creative, one has to exercise the will to make decisions based not on the urging of the conscientious human soul but on the prodding of the licentious human ego. Free will leads to EGO, that leads to knowledge that leads to creativity.


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