I'm considering what may already be a well-known argument. Overall I am looking for a rebuttal.
I'd like to make a quick point before the argument:
For this question I would like to think of free will as the universe's dependency on a consciousness. To elaborate: perhaps all events are pre-determined, but they have been pre-determined partially by all conscious beings. So I may not have agency concerning over which door I'm about to step through, but the door I unavoidably step through has still been influenced by the fact that I am a conscious inhabitant of the universe. For the purposes of this question, free will = possessing non-zero influence over the universe.
Here's the argument:
- The first law of thermodynamics requires an equal and opposite reaction for all events in order to conserve overall energy (e.g. car slows down, brakes heat up; guns recoil; etc.)
- The conscious process (my awareness of existence) is an event
- There must be an equal and opposite reaction to my conscious process
- This equal and opposite reaction would occur outside consciousness (as it is opposite consciousness)
- This event equal and opposite to the conscious process would occur tangibly in the universe
- The universe is influenced by every consciousness
As a part of answers, could you please:
- Direct me to this argument having been made before?
- Provide a rebuttal to this argument?
(I'm very new to philosophy exchange so please help me make this question better if necessary - thanks!)