Getting a Grip
I wrote about
redirecting the stream of events,
but how do people actually get a grip on the stream? I think that it begins with forming an intent and proceeds by controlling the body so as to improve the chances of meeting that intent.
So what is involved in forming an intent? If seems like
that would be something happening in the cranial cavity, which is
very nearly empty.
Still there are
some baryons and leptons in the brain, each of which at the now instant
have their own world line history in spacetime reaching back to about the time
of the Big Bang. Either the intent has been destined throughout all history to
appear at a certain spacetime location, in which case we have no choice. Or the
intent is an act of free will. If the former, past, present and future are
already determined, as suggested by the
If the latter, some sort of an animating principle must
operate in the physical brain at the instant of now to enhance the
future probability of that intent being realized.
of quantum state reduction which is not
adequately accounted for in the block universe theory throws me out of that
camp. I have argued above, and experience seems to confirm, that now
selects which future state of a system is realized at each instant. At the
quantum level where all state changes take place, this realization collapses
the psi function to one of its possible futures. Because the realized state in
unpredictable we assume it happens by chance. It sort of reminds me of the
time a few decades ago when we thought that chaotic data was random. Lack of
predictability does not necessarily mean random.
I suspect that the same animating principle that makes
living beings different from inert matter (see
The Nature of Objects)
of tinkering with which quantum state is realized in reduction. If that were
true then free will could reside in the animating principle and from time to
time make its entry to the physical world by guiding state changes in the brain
that put intent in memory. Then the brain could retrieve the necessary
instructions from memory to control the body in ways that enhance the
probability of realizing the intent. Or perhaps not. Clearly I know nothing
about this but it is fun to guess.