Free will

T80SMS1 at NIU.BITNET T80SMS1 at NIU.BITNET
Fri Sep 3 08:34:00 EST 1993


From: lenadams at MOJAVE.WIN.NET(Lenadams Dorris)

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>Of course, the above argument (yours) goes a long ways toward
>dismissing free will in humans as well. ;')

Well, yes.  There is a serious faction in philosophy that
WILL argue that humans do NOT have free will.  What we think
of as free will is actually an illusion and all of our
actions are ultimately determined by our previous condition.
The reason that the world is still interesting is (1) as a
previous poster has pointed out, chaotic effects can still
create a lot of variability out of small differences in
initial conditions and (2) quantum theory interjects non-
causal (random) factors.

   I do not necessarily subscribe to the above view (I am
undecided), but I toss it out as a seriously considered
viewpoint.

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