Recently I was on a business trip, attempting to focus on an issue a developer had been dragging me through for a few weeks. My ego depleted, my brain suddenly wandered to a random thought: Perhaps the theory of a multiverse simultaneously proves and disproves that humans have free will in this universe.
For background, I highly recommend this video, at least the first twelve minutes. It describes in relatively basic terms the ten dimensions of existence. We exist in the third and experience the fourth as the slow rolling of time. It’s pretty easy to consider the fifth dimension, alternate timelines where other circumstances occur and other decisions are made, resulting in other outcomes. After that… well, watch the video.
Once you understand the concept of all possible possibilities existing simultaneously in all possible universes under all possible physical laws, consider that you have already made every decision in every possible way and everyone other variable has changed in every possible configuration at that same instance to produce all possible outcomes in all universes. Your choice in this 7th dimensional plane (described as “infinity” in the video) was yours to make, but the you of that moment spun off into an infinite number of decisions, interactions, and outcomes, which by default, means free will doesn’t exist in our universe, even though from your point of view, you have exercised it.
The fact that humans can only experience the fourth dimension in one direction (as third dimensional creatures) is one bitch of a fact that helps drive my thanatophobia – knowing this self, this id will never view, know or experience any fifth dimension possibilities.
FAQ: No, I’ve still never tried recreational drugs, yes, I understand this unfounded anxiety is pointless, yes, I most likely under-thought which dimension I’m in when considering the empirical truth of whether or not free will is an illusion, and yes, this really is the stuff that is going through my head sometimes while you’re trying to explain why the .jsp isn’t rendering properly.