Re: On free will

E G M (
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 07:33:17 -0800 (PST)

Could you apply the scientific method and analyze data w/o free will?
Could you hypothesize?

---Moorad Alexanian <alexanian@UNCWIL.EDU> wrote:
> At 02:15 PM 3/25/98 -0800, E G M wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >"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
> >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
> >what the many biochemical parts should be doing (to certain degree).
> >
> >Say, you breath normally all the time without any "free will"
> >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?
> It seems to me that if such a fundamental human experience as free
will is
> purely naturalistic, then human reasoning cannot be trusted to explain
> anything. Therefore, Provine's assertions are just that mere
> Provine would not be able to distinguish a stone from a human being.
> seat of human free will is other than physical. However, the
carrying on of
> that command is done via physical elements. When I sat down to write
> note, I had to make a decision. I had to exercise my free will.
> It is almost impossible to establish that free will is an illusion
> going bonkers.
> Moorad


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