On Feb 6, 9:48 pm, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote: > On Feb 6, 7:12 am, ronaldheld <ronaldh...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > arXiv:1202.0720v1 [physics.hist-ph] > > > Abstract > > It is argued that it is possible to give operational meaning to free > > will and > > the process of making a choice without employing metaphysics. > > > comments? > > It depends if you consider biology metaphysical. Free will is a > capacity which we associate with living organisms,
rightly or wrongly > particularly if > they have some kind of system of self-directed propulsion. With the > ability to move freely comes the opportunity for more sophisticated > forms of intentionality to develop. This is not to say that a plant > doesn't not have some measure of free will, but it seems that the true > potential of will is tied up in control over location. Like many other > biological qualities (feeling, desire, etc), free will doesn't > translate meaningfully into the language of physics. That might mean it never existed, and our "association" was wrong. What's the counterargument? -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.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.