Of No Free Will, Consciousness and the Paranormal Nature of our Puppeteer

As we strengthen our understanding that free will is an illusion – that because both causality and acausality render it impossible, free will must be an illusion – questions naturally arise from this realization. If what we think, feel, and do is not fundamentally up to us, how do we describe, and what properties do we attribute to, our puppeteer? If we humans are only pragmatically responsible for our moral acts, and are more properly identified as their most proximate causes, is it accurate to hold our puppeteer morally responsible for them? And what of the nature of consciousness? If our consciousness is not truly our own, can we properly attribute this property to our puppeteer? Let’s now set the premises for our exploration, and then examine the implications and conclusions they invite.

We begin by describing our puppeteer as whatever created the Big Bang that set in motion the causal chain of events behind every event thereafter, including every human act. Causality is the process by which our reality evolves, but this physical and logical law doesn’t fully describe what is actually doing the causing. Before progressing, we must pause to acknowledge an understanding that seems to defy our reasoning abilities. Reason tells us that the cause of the Big Bang must itself have been caused, and that cause must also have been caused, and we are naturally left bewildered by the logical conclusion that the causal chain of pre-Big Bang universal events must regress eternally into the past. In other words, logically, we can never arrive at a causal point that we would identify as the beginning, and fundamental cause, of everything. Because of this seemingly insoluble conundrum, we will simply assume as a working premise that whatever created the Big Bang can be contextually described as the fundamental cause, and, just as an author of a book can be described as possessing the concepts that are expressed in the work, whatever caused the Big Bang can be said to possess the concepts expressed in the phenomena it gave rise to.

Now we can move on to the nature of consciousness. Although there are over twenty different definitions of consciousness in psychology, the most generally accepted working definition is that consciousness is awareness. Taking a non-dualistic perspective, since reality is reducible to the quantum particles and forces that make up the universe, we must also conclude that consciousness is a physical property. This naturally invites the question; can we describe what created the Big Bang as having consciousness? Logically, it seems we must.

Now, for a more complete understanding of the nature of this universal consciousness, we turn to the two most fundamental mysteries of quantum mechanics – the double-slit experiment and quantum entanglement. In the double-slit experiment, single particles apparently know in advance the trajectories of particles to follow. Otherwise how could we explain the interference pattern gradually emerging as single particles are fired one at a time at the surface on which the pattern is found? So, it seems precognition is a fundamental property of elementary particles. From that conclusion, and reminding ourselves that consciousness is a physical property, we can presume that consciousness has precognizant properties.

The other great mystery of quantum mechanics, quantum entanglement, reveals that particles at a distance theoretically as far apart as opposite edges of our known universe share information at a rate thousands of times faster than the speed of light – in effect, instantaneously. Change the particle property known as spin to “up” of one entangled particle, and its partner’s spin will change to “down.” Change the spin of this second particle back to “up,” and its partner, the first particle, will change its spin to “down.” This is not theory; it is a scientific, empirically demonstrable, fact that is actually giving rise to a new generation of quantum computers that can teleport information at speeds exceeding the speed of light. One brief note: Einstein’s Relativity prohibits particles from accelerating from below to above the speed of light. It does not prohibit particles from consistently traveling at speeds beyond the speed of light, which is what happens in quantum entanglement. So, we must now conclude that consciousness, again reminding ourselves that it is comprised of mass-energy, as we believe is everything else in our physical universe, has the property of teleportation.

So, what does all of this tell us about the nature and attributes of the puppeteer responsible for all of our human feelings, thoughts and actions? Merriam-Webster defines paranormal as what is “very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world.” All of this seems very clearly to tell us that this puppeteer does indeed have a consciousness that can both unaccountably know the future, as in the paranormal phenomenon we term clairvoyant precognition, and can unaccountably transmit information across vast distances in space, as in the paranormal phenomenon we term clairvoyant telepathy. Who’d have thought that the pre-Big Bang universe that we can describe as the puppeteer behind all we humans do is both conscious and paranormally clairvoyant in its properties?

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