The Quantum Soul
How do you differ from your type?
and Type xxxx-Does it Exist
Does Free will exist?
A Proof of Free Will
Conway's Proof of the Free Will Theorem
The philosophical proof in the first site can be summarized as follows (MFT means minimum free-will theorem):
I actually argued with the prof. on premise 2, and we finally had to let it go.Given these premises, now, we can deduce the truth of the minimal free-will thesis:
1. With respect to the free-will issue, we should refrain from believing falsehoods. (premise)
2. Whatever should be done can be done. (premise)
3. If determinism is true, then whatever can be done, is done. (premise)
4. I believe MFT. (premise)
5. With respect to the free-will issue, we can refrain from believing falsehoods. (from 1,2)
6. If determinism is true, then with respect to the free will issue, we refrain from believing falsehoods. (from 3,5)
7. If determinism is true, then MFT is true. (from 6,4)
8. MFT is true. (from 7)
The physics is interesting in the second site, but the short of it is on of two things are true:
Anyway, just food for thought. It is interesting that we are positing free-will at the particle level.1. Each measurement of a particle is not independent but rather depended on context. In other words, the order in which you make measurements matters and the value of a particles spin in a given direction depends on the history of measurements of that particle in other directions. The measurements are not commutable.
2. Alternatively, the particle does not decide what the value of its spin is in any direction until the experimenter actually makes a measurement!