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

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Sun Apr 15 18:57:35 UTC 2007

On 4/15/07, scerir <scerir at libero.it> wrote:

> with selecting an option using a deterministic computation. A chess playing
> program shows that a determined system can have free will, i.e., can have
> options. So free will (having options) is compatible with determinism and
> there is no conflict."
> So I think it is a bit early to say that quantum randomness,
> or quantum contextuality, or (?) non-commutative probabilities,
> or classical randomness (note that the algorithmic information
> content of classical randomness lies almost entirely
> in the description of initial conditions) play an essential
> role, regarding free will.

Isn't it obvious that determinism is *required* for the experience of
free will?  How meaningless a concept if there were no experience of a
causal link between subjective choice, action, and consequences.

- Jef

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