Free will is not about an inability to predict your own decisions, it is
about a desire to directly dictate perceived conditions, and an expectation
of the effectiveness of that desire.
Also...being electrocuted by a cattle prod does not justify a belief in
electrons, it justifies a belief in a common connection they dynamic
behavior of matter.
On Friday, October 18, 2013 11:59:11 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
> Seth Lloyd addresses the 'free will' question:
> Before Alan Turing made his crucial contributions to the the
> ory of computation,
> he studied the question of whether quantum mechanics could t
> hrow light on the nature
> of free will. This article investigates the roles of quantum
> mechanics and computation in
> free will. Although quantum mechanics implies that events a
> re intrinsically unpredictable,
> the ‘pure stochasticity’ of quantum mechanics adds only ran
> domness to decision making
> processes, not freedom. By contrast, the theory of computat
> ion implies that even when
> our decisions arise from a completely deterministic decisi
> on-making process, the outcomes
> of that process can be intrinsically unpredictable, even to
> – especially to – ourselves. I
> argue that this intrinsic computational unpredictability
> of the decision making process is
> what give rise to our impression that we possess free will. Fi
> nally, I propose a ‘Turing test’
> for free will: a decision maker who passes this test will tend
> to believe that he, she, or it
> possesses free will, whether the world is deterministic or n
> "I cannot prove that electrons exist, but I believe fervently in their
> existence. And if you don't believe in them, I have a high voltage cattle
> prod I'm willing to apply as an argument on their behalf. Electrons speak
> for themselves."
> --- Seth Lloyd
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