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Tom Ames



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 19 2010,20:06   

Quote (Thought Provoker @ Feb. 19 2010,17:24)

Quote (Thought Provoker @ Feb. 19 2010,17:24)
Furthermore, I suggest that Quantum Mechanics is the only known mechanism where two mutually exclusive "realities" can exist at the same time (quantum superposition).


When someone can make this into a coherent argument, and not merely deploy the phrase "quantum mechanics" and implying a self-evident connection, then I'll pay attention. Roger Penrose is a hell of a lot smarter than I am, but that doesn't mean he's immune to handwaving. Or that he knows anything about cell biology.

Quote (Thought Provoker @ Feb. 19 2010,17:24)
If Free Will exists, it has to be able to be illogical, otherwise it would be deterministic and algorithmic and, therefore, not "free".


Why is this necessarily so? Shouldn't a freely acting agent be able to choose a logical, algorithmic course of action?

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