Flies Show Free Will
|May 16, 2007||Posted by dacook under Intelligent Design|
A team of neurobiologists led by Bjorn Brembs of Free University Berlin have found experimental evidence in fruit fly behavior indicating that these much-abused bugs may have an element of free will. A report on the study in LiveScience notes that:
For centuries, the question of whether or not humans possess free will Ã¢â‚¬â€ and thus control their own actions Ã¢â‚¬â€ has been a source of hot debate.
“Free will is essentially an oxymoron Ã¢â‚¬â€ we would not consider it ‘will’ if it were completely random and we would not consider it ‘free’ if it were entirely determined,” Brembs said. In other words, nobody would ascribe responsibility to one’s actions if they were entirely the result of random coincidence. On the other hand, if one’s actions were completely determined by outside factors such that no alternative existed, no one would hold that person responsible for them.
Of course standard Darwinian orthodoxy denies the reality of free will. Though many Darwinists shy away from the implications of their beliefs as they apply to ascribing responsibility for human behavior, their position demands that all behavior is determined by the genetic heritage of selfish genes. If free will in fact exists, it must exist outside the deterministic universe of materialism. But if free will exists in flies, can it be denied in humans?
Of course the scientists behind this study are good Darwinists all, and therefore must cavil and caveat their way out of the real implications of their findings:
Brembs said that “even a fly brain possesses a function which makes it easier to imagine a brain that creates the impression of free will.”
Just as life give only Ã¢â‚¬Å“the appearance of designÃ¢â‚¬Â to people like Dawkins, observed behavior must be noted to give only Ã¢â‚¬Å“the impression of free will.Ã¢â‚¬Â To stay in the mainstream, scientists must not acknowledge the possibility of actual free will, although Brembs comes perilously close with his statement:
“If even flies show the capacity for spontaneity, can we really assume it is missing in humans?” he asked.
As with biological complexity, the more we discover about behavior, the less deterministic it looks. Evidence for free will is evidence against Darwinism, no matter how it is spun.