[Paleopsych] free wills and quantum won'ts
HowlBloom at aol.com
HowlBloom at aol.com
Tue May 17 03:19:31 UTC 2005
This is from a dialog Pavel Kurakin and I are having behind the scenes. I
wanted to see what you all thought of it. Howard
You know that I'm a quantum skeptic. I believe that our math is primitive.
The best math we've been able to conceive to get a handle on quantum
particles is probabilistic. Which means it's cloudy. It's filled with multiple
choices. But that's the problem of our math, not of the cosmos. With more
precise math I think we could make more precise predictions.
And with far more flexible math, we could model large-scale things like
bio-molecules, big ones, genomes, proteins and their interactions. With a really
robust and mature math we could model thought and brains. But that math is
many centuries and many perceptual breakthroughs away.
As mathematicians, we are still in the early stone age.
But what I've said above has a kink I've hidden from view. It implies that
there's a math that would model the cosmos in a totally deterministic way.
And life is not deterministic. We DO have free will. Free will means
multiple choices, doesn't it? And multiple choices are what the Copenhagen School's
probabilistic equations are all about?
How could the concept of free will be right and the assumptions behind the
equations of Quantum Mechanics be wrong? Good question. Yet I'm certain that
we do have free will. And I'm certain that our current quantum concepts are
based on the primitive metaphors underlying our existing forms of math.
Which means there are other metaphors ahead of us that will make for a more
robust math and that will square free will with determinism in some radically new
Now the question is, what could those new metaphors be?
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