[ExI] Everett worlds

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 13:20:20 UTC 2020

On Mon, 17 Aug 2020 at 22:35, John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 4:59 AM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> *> It’s not clear what you mean by “free will”. *
> It's never clear what anybody means by "free will".
>> *> There are various contradictory definitions. The most common
>> definition among modern philosophers is compatibilism, which holds that we
>> act freely if we do so according to our preferences and in the absence of
>> coercion,*
> There was a reason I decided to watch a movie rather than go to the beach
> and I'm a cuckoo clock, or there was no reason for my decision and I'm a
> roulette wheel. And we're always subject to coercion, I may want to jump
> over the moon but gravity and the lack of energy in the muscles of my legs
> conspire to prevent my desire from being fulfilled.

The compatibilist definition of “free will” is essentially what laypeople
mean when they say “he did it of his own free will”: he wanted to do it, he
knew what he was doing, nobody forced him to do it.

> --
Stathis Papaioannou
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