On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:34 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com>wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > > >> DanieL Dennett believes that free will is compatible with determinism. > >> He doesn't like it when people define free will in such a way as to > >> make it impossible. > > > > > > Well, I didn't say he was perfect, but at least he doesn't claim that > free > > will is an outright illusion or epiphenomenon. The notion that science > needs > > to be more 'creative' would be tough to pull off if you insist on the > Laws > > of Physics deny the possibility of free will by definition point of view. > > I also have a very simple and straightforward idea of free will: I > exercise my free will when I make a choice without being coerced. I > never said that the laws of physics deny the possibility of free will, > but free will is impossible if you define it in such a way as to be > incompatible with the laws of physics or even with logic. > > I would go further and say determinism is required for free will. To implement a mind that behaves as it intends requires that its components behave in predictable and reliable ways. If not, it is impossible for the mind to reliably effect its will. Jason -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.