Rough Draft: Volitional Efficacy

Let’s talk about free will. Without volitional efficacy, if we cannot make a decision which will influence future events to turn out differently than if the action had not happened at all, there is no point is pursuing change. Questions are neutered if they do not surface and increase the urgency of new ideas. They become answers, generally answers that invoke God, a divinity or some magical intervention which cannot be explained and must be accepted instead of providing empirical data. Many claiming to speak for Science (an absurdity on its face, since science cannot speak with one voice by definition) have taken up determinism as the cudgel of authority in arguments about free will.

I don’t accept that we do not have some influence over the future course of events. We are not consigned to a fate we cannot control. At least some of the time, we can choose our path, concentrate our resources to achieve a goal, and generally skirt the limits of fate.

Author: Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he’s published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.

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