Hi Fellow Everything Listers,
I would like to confess a prejudice on this issue: I strongly suspect that 1) That the universe at its most basic level is quantum (Platonia would be a deeper level of course) 2) There is a quantum component to the brain and 3) that this component *can* act to "select" and/or bias aspects of the wave function such that there is a difference that makes a difference between Man and Rock. Now, having made such a confession I must admit that I am hard pressed to offer any concrete proof, other that hand waving references like "there has to be some reason why I experience this particular 1-universe rather than some other". I realize that this puts me in a precarious position. ;) Onward! Stephen P. King From: email@example.com [mailto:everything-l...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Bruno Marchal Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 12:00 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Free will: Wrong entry. I am a compatibilist. Free will necessitates determinism. It makes people choosing to do what their want, notably when choosing between alternatives. But they cannot choose what they want. This depends on many factors. Free will is a high level phenomenon. Adding indeterminacy is irrelevant, concerning free-will. Adding indeterminacy in a choice can only lessen the freeness of the will. Cashmore demolishes a naive notion of free-will which makes no sense at the start. We can do freely actions, even when our friends who know us can predict the action. Free will is the ability to choose, among alternatives, in general with incomplete information, the actions which maximize some self-satisfiability constraints. It is self-determination. Bruno -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.