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

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Fri Apr 6 05:22:13 UTC 2007

On Apr 4, 2007, at 8:41 PM, A B wrote:

> Hi Thomas,
> Could you somehow rephrase your objection/question,
> I'm afraid I don't really understand it. Exceptional
> reading comprehension is not one of my strengths.
> The point that I'm trying to make is that if "free
> will" (as it is commonly interpreted) really exists
> (which I don't believe at all) then perhaps we should
> all acknowledge that it is quite limited (severely in
> my opinion). If it were not limited, I would have
> everything I've ever wanted, no matter how
> fantastical.

What?  Free will is about being able to choose between alternatives,  
including alternative courses of action.  It is not remotely about  
being able to impose your will on the universe.

- s

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