…Let’s talk about it…
A dice roll is not a random event. There is about a 1 in 6 chance it will land on any one side. That is probabilistic.
You might be thinking, “Well, what’s the difference”.
That’s an important distinction to make.
A truly random event means we don’t even know the odds of what will happen, I would go a step farther and say that it must be impossible for us to know the odds for an event to be truly random.
In that sense, every quantum effect is not random. Scientists have pretty effectively mapped the probabilities for things like radioactive decay or the excitation of photons.
What this means for free will is that we are playing a game of probabilities. We have complex brains with more connections between neurons than any other animal. (We actually have fewer brain cells than gorillas)
Those connections make our brains very “plastic”, or in other words, adaptable.
The extremely complex pattern of these neurons gives us the ability to keep our experiences locked up as holographic images of emotion and the senses.
Plain and simply, memories.
Combine that fantastic memory with decent spatial awareness and a series of reward systems (dopamine, serotonin, etc..) and you now have yourself some pretty decent problem solving ability on your hands.
Finally, back to free will (you though I forgot, didn’t you?) Free will is the ability to apply past experiences through the means I outlined above to guide yourself through time.
Time is an emergent property and our universe is most likely probabilistic (not deterministic). Those two facts combined mean we live every possible combination of circumstances allowable under our physical laws and constants.
The question is not whether or not we have free will…
… It’s whether or not the universe is deterministic, or probabilistic.
We either live the life we are meant to live, or live them all…