- Rohan Somji
Is Evolution by natural selection against Free Will?
Natural selection works by the principle of survival of the fittest. Any mutation that is beneficial for a dynamically changing environment is propagated, and any anomalies encountered are crushed in this race of survival. If the first organism evolved by this process, so did the brain, ie- if external conditions are shaping internal environments of organism for suitable responses, the human mind developed free will due to external conditions. Free will gives us the ability to make a choice regardless of external conditions. This implies at any point of time a human can choose to live or die. But if organisms who can choose compete with organism who can't, and if even only 1% choose to die at a certain age, the rate of propagation of organisms without Free Will, will exceed those with free will until all organism with free will are dead. Thus it seems absurd that natural selection will allow a long term chance for a possibility of life-defeating mechanism to exist in a populace.