On free will

E G M (e_g_m@yahoo.com)
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 14:15:25 -0800 (PST)

"There is no such thing as free will because all things are
naturalistically determined"

So says W. Provine and soon we can expect others to freely and
willingly join him in his philosophy.

But, "naturalistically", one can easily think of a system that is not
only determined by the cumulative signal from its many biochemical
parts while at the same time, that system, complex as it is, can in
turn determine, by signals generated at a higher organizational level,
what the many biochemical parts should be doing (to certain degree).

Say, you breath normally all the time without any "free will" action.
The rate increases "naturally" with excercise, etc. But you can also
will to breath faster at any rate at any time for considerable time,
because, you, the system, as a higher organizational level, have
control over yourself.

So I see no problem with free will even naturalistically speaking.

But can I will freely?


"in ipso enim vivimus et movemur et sumus sicut"

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