Sorry, but Free Will has to die - ( and it's death is the elephant in the room). Part 1
While Egalitarianism is thankfully on its death knell, Free Will has been left relatively unscathed by the paradigm breaking tumult of the genetic revolution – biology, genetics and evolution – and still exists as a damaged but somewhat legitimate concept in the minds of many, not least those of an egalitarian, leftist persuasion (which is itself genetic, heritable).
While it is axiomatic to many that there exists a wide distribution of personality and intellectual traits in a society, there exists a plethora of academics and intellectuals who have not extrapolated the genetic revolution to the domain of Free Will scepticism. That is, while it is acknowledged that we are severely limited and constrained by our genetic makeup (our innate IQ or psychological disposition), we have failed to fully extrapolate these implications to the Free Will debate, despite the significance of these implications – and truly they are significant!
In a profound way, we have yet to ask ‘what does this genetic-centric worldview mean’ in a coherent and comprehensive fashion; we are still labouring under outdated egalitarian assumptions in our philosophical and intellectual life – Free Will being the most central outdated philosophical assumption. If the genetic revolution is taken for what it is, our perception and interpretation of events would be radically transformed, our policy decisions revolutionised and our orientation in life more focused, guided - (and perhaps that’s the ultimate fear?)
In many ways, I think the acceptance of Free Will Scepticism on a personal and collective level is liberating. Those philosophers or academics that kvetch and fear-monger about such an acceptance over fears of individual and societal passivity are misguided and have a very limited understanding of human nature. There is no evidence that it leads to individual or collective fatalism. Incidentally, while not an argument, these are the same people who make apocalyptically charged statements about Brexit, Race, Gender, Trump or Nationalism. That is, they have a preconceived way of interpreting the world that relies on Free Will and an erroneous conceptualization of the individual – one that fetishizes denial of racial, gender and individual differences while arguing that we are all equal and endowed with the ability ‘’to be anything we want to be.’’ That is, Free Will is fetishized as an ideal (as if Free Will is an ultimate good).
Ultimately, Free Will Skepticism frees us, it doesn’t cage us. Even if the result is that we on average accept ourselves as genetic mediocrities (which is not the same as accepting mediocrity). Striving for greatness and betterment is not predicated on having Free Will. This is a common misconception. On the most fundamental, foundational level, Free Will scepticism is an escape from the faulty and erroneous operating system of Free Will. Free Will is a virus – like Liberalism – which obfuscates the true nature of things. Free Will acts as an obstacle to health and to optimal functional on an individual and collective level. I mean this with utmost sincerity and profundity: You can “do” absolutely nothing.