On 3/7/2013 10:58 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:43:06 AM UTC-5, Stephen Paul King wrote:
On 3/7/2013 10:11 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
On Friday, March 8, 2013, Stephen P. King wrote:
On 3/7/2013 8:44 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:59:50 AM UTC-5, stathisp
wrote: By the definition I gave above a stone does not
choose to roll down the hill because it does not
consider each option in order to decide which one to do.
Why doesn't it choose when and which direction to roll? A
deterministic universe means that there is no such thing as
'considering each option' - there are no options, only
things happening because they must happen. They have no
choice, there is no choice, the lack of choice is the
defining feature of a deterministic world. You are saying
that this is the world that we live in and that we are the
stone, except that for some reason we have this delusional
interactive narrative in which we could not stand being
still any longer and decided to push ourselves down the hill.
From my studies of the math of classical determinism, the
subsequent 'behavior' of the stone follows strictly in a
one-to-one and onto fashion from the prior state of the
stone. There are no 'multiple choices' of the stone, thus no
room at all for "choice". Thankfully we know that classical
determinism is a delusion that some, for their own reasons,
Yes, we know that classical determinism is wrong, but it is not
logically inconsistent with consciousness.
I must disagree. It is baked into the topology of classical
mechanics that a system cannot semantically act upon itself. There
is no way to define intentionality in classical physics. This is
what Bruno proves with his argument.
Exactly Stephen. What are we talking about here? How is a
deterministic system that has preferences and makes choices and
considers options different from free will. If something can have a
private preference which cannot be determined from the outside, then
it is determined privately, i.e. the will of the private determiner.
Good Morning, Craig.
The word 'deterministic' becomes degenerate (in meaning/semiotic
content) when we try to stuff free will (or free won't) into it.
It is also not logically inconsistent with choice and free
will, unless you define these terms as inconsistent with
determinism, in which case in a deterministic world we would have
to create new words meaning pseudo-choice and pseudo-free will to
avoid misunderstanding, and then go about our business as usual
with this minor change to the language.
So you say...
Yeah, right. Why would a deterministic world need words having
anything to do with choice or free will? At what part of a computer
program is something like a choice made? Every position on the logic
tree is connected to every other by unambiguous prior cause or
intentionally generated (pseudo) randomness. It makes no choices, has
no preferences, just follows a sequence of instructions.
Exactly. This is why computations are exactly describable as
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