On 3/13/2010 10:55 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
Hi William,

OK I found it on the net:


But my comment will consist in repeating what I am always saying about free will or free decision.

The existence of free acts has nothing to do with the fact that such acts are determined, in advance or not.
The article, relatively to what I try to convey preaches the chore.

Given that free will is a high level self-referential ability, it would be astonishing that the brain has not a lot of work to do, and this including the transformation of the will into act.

Given that mechanism is my working hypothesis, the will cannot, in no direct ways, influence any of my parts, say, at my substitution level. "I" am emerging from billions of amoebas (neuronal cells) which got the cables (axon), and without using drugs, I cannot interfere deliberately on this or that specific neurons.

Also, I don't know if you have read my papers, but I do not attach consciousness to a working brain, only to an abstract person, which lives really in Platonia, and uses "only" its local brain to manifest itself relatively to me with some high probability. But the consciousness itself is attached to infinities of computations (existing through elementary arithmetic, or combinators, etc.).

Could you explain that last. What does "attached to" mean? And is the infinity related to quantum infinities, e.g. the infinite number of paths in a Feynman path integral computation? or is it just the potential aleph0 infinity of successive possible classical states?


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