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.


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