Me and my good friend in various long conversations have always been coming up with revalations towards life. Our most recent revelation was on the philosophy of choice and the thories of Fate and its role in our lives. Cause frankly I want to believe that I have control of my decisions, but we've always come up with some thought that proves contrary and then spend quite a lot of time trying to prove it wrong so we feel better towards our own choices in life.
In order to understand this recent theory that we've come up with, first I'll have to explain some simple concepts and theories. The first is that of the decision making process. Every decision that is made is done through the rational mind. And this is consitant for every single person on the planet. Societly norms have often dictated that some can be constured as irrational thought, but it is still in fact their rational mind and the irrationality it merely diversions of the norm of society.
The second theory is that of causal events. A causal event is simply defined as any event that cause a subsequent event to occur. Like for example, me typing this sentence will eventually cause the event of you reading it. The theory of causality is that every event is a causal event in some method. Whether it be direct like my above example or an indirect causality.
So in simplicity.
Fate is merely the determination of subsequent causal events.
Now every decision you make goes through a process. A simple decision of "What to wear" consists of things like weather, what your doing, where your going, etc. These are simple factors are uncontrolable for the current decision. They are a compilations of every previous causal event that occured before it. As soon as your brain has taken into consideration all these previous causal events. It then moves it to your rational mind. And this is where the decision is made, now that your brain has taken into consideration all the previous causal events, your rational mind forms the next causal event in succssion which is the final decsion to be made.
Now I want you to consider this idea for a bit, although every individual has a different rational mind and thus a different rationalizing process in their decision making, if I could figure out exaclty how your rational mind works then I can foresee every single decision that your going make. But the interesting conundrum is that its impossible to predict a persons choice, because prediction requires informing the person of your forsight, and by informing them of your foresight, you thereby introduce a new causal event of their consideration and thereby change their ultimate decision.
So if a person can foresee another persons decisions prior to them being made, does that person still have the choice. Me and Lee have named this idea the "Illusion of Choice" because the person still makes the choice themselves, however the choice was forseeable by anyone with a potential understanding of your rational mind. Think of a game of chess. They say that the chess masters play the game foreseeing it 5 moves ahead. This is true because what they are doing is figureing out their opponents rational mind and determinging what their next move will be and then formulate their own move and so on.
Now if you imagine, most of us have made some sort of decision in life that there is no way someone could predict it. And this is true for most people. This brings me to the theory f choice and what is a true choice in life. Every decision you make has a concept of understanding to it. And its that understanding that determines foreseeability. For as before, you have to understand to foresee. Since its impossible for any other person to understand a decision prior to the person making the decision. Although a percieved understanding can occur, no true understanding can happen in a prior incident.
So for a decision to be an illusionary choice, the understanding of the decision is done prior to the decision benig made. For example, a person deciding what to wear cause its -40C outside and choose a winter jacket, gloves, etc.. They have an understanding of the decision prior to making the actual decision itself. Meanwhile there are occasions where a person makes a decision in their life without the understanding of it. These decisions are often made impulsively and purely on an instinctual basis. Although not all cases are as such and often can be confused with those that are made impulsively but not basically instinctive and as such have a concept of understanding behind them.
So in a simple nutshell part 1 of the idea.
The concept of understanding each individuals decision making process allows a person to forsee their intended outcome. And part 2 was the concept of free will and determinism co-existing.