On 8/16/2011 7:08 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
Our body precisely follows the deterministic biochemical reactions
that comprise it. The mind is generated as a result of these
biochemical reactions; a reaction occurs in your brain which causes
you to have a thought to move your arm and move your arm. How could it
possibly be otherwise?


That's approximately true, but it overstates the determinism a little. First, the system isn't closed, so ones thoughts and behavior are continually modified by stuff that happens on your past light cone. Second, there are quantum random event within your brain, e.g. decay of radioactive potassium atoms, that could influence your thougts and actions.

Brent

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