[extropy-chat] Best To Regard Free Will as Existing

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Apr 3 20:18:28 UTC 2007

On Tue, Apr 03, 2007 at 12:59:58PM -0700, Lee Corbin wrote:
> It was inevitable that this discussion come sooner or later to hinge right
> on the point of free will.

How can you prove you've got free will, or not, empirically?
If I gave you a dump from /dev/random along with /dev/urandom, would
you be able to tell those apart?

What does it even mean in a process that is us, since the top-level
lags in realization of a made-up decision at a lower level.

Assuming you knew the universe is deterministic at sub-Planck
level, would it help you to make a killing on blue chips, or
even avoid that car speeding round the corner?
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