Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice

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Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice

It seems nobody agrees on just what free will is. But no matter how you perceive it, free will must involve volitional choice at some point.

To me, free will is self-determinism and arises naturally from "reciprocal causation" (a.k.a. feedback loop). Read "Free Will Without Dualism" for a full explanation.

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The featured discussion, "Refutation of Hard Determinism and Serious Potential for Free Will" details the false dichotomy and the misapplication of physics leading hard determinists astray. At the same time, it points out how reciprocal causation (feedback) is the likely mechanism behind free will . . . which isn't surprising once you understand that it's the mechanism behind consciousness, memory, imagination and intelligence. No woo. No dualism. No violation of natural law.

Hard-hitting and friendly debate is welcome and encouraged here but, please, use the Discussion Forum for debates and discussions -- use the Comment Wall for brief comments.

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Discussion Forum

Free Will Without Dualism

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Clint Baxley Oct 30, 2013. 1 Reply

I think the following is my best case yet for free will (self-determinism). I hope to persuade hard (absolute)…Continue

Tags: causality, feedback, emergent, phenomena, reciprocal

Michio Kaku: Quantum Physics Ends the Free Will Debate

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Aug 21, 2013. 1 Reply

Michio's point seems to be that because of quantum uncertainty, you can't predict future events based on past ones.  Watch for yourself Continue

Tags: uncertainty, quantum physics, free will, Michio Kaku

Refutation of Hard Determinism and Serious Potential for Free Will

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Joel Eisenhofer Aug 29, 2012. 21 Replies

Determinism and Reciprocal Causation “An argument which proves too much, proves nothing.” ~M.M. MangasarianCarl…Continue

Tags: biology, neuroscience, physics, determinism, feedback

How Free Is Your Will?

Started by Atheist Exile Mar 22, 2011. 0 Replies

This article, from Scientific American, was pretty interesting.  It's copied below, for your…Continue

Tags: LIbet, neurons, planning, Benjamin, determinism

Do You Have Free Will? Yes, It’s the Only Choice

Started by CJoe. Last reply by Pope Beanie Mar 22, 2011. 3 Replies

By JOHN TIERNEYPublished: March 21, 2011…Continue

Tags: determinism, free will

The Problem of Free Will: Solved

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Dec 12, 2010. 7 Replies

This discussion has been superseded by "Free Will Without Dualism".…Continue

Tags: free will, determinism, causality

Free Will: Self-aware and Future-aware

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Dec 6, 2010. 19 Replies

This discussion has been superseded by "Free Will Without…Continue

Tags: causality, determinism, self-aware, feedback, mental

Free Will Explained

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Nov 28, 2010. 43 Replies

This discussion has been superseded by "Free Will Without Dualism".…Continue

Tags: destiny, causality, paradox, self-determinism, determinism

Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Fred Werther Nov 27, 2010. 2 Replies

This discussion has been superseded by "Free Will Without…Continue

Tags: causality, determinism, dogma, intelligence, free will

New Scientist: How your brain remembers the future

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile May 23, 2010. 6 Replies

The following link is for an article, published today, from New Scientist.  It confirms my…Continue

Tags: causality, free will, stimuli, bayesian, brain

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Comment by Atheist Exile on December 10, 2010 at 11:58pm

We found evidence of millions of neurons firing together every time you hear a sound right next to millions of neurons ignoring external sounds but firing together every time you speak

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with the finding of sub-regions of brain cells each tasked with a different volume control job -- and located just a few millimeters apart -- the results pave the way for a more detailed mapping of the auditory cortex to guide brain surgery

It's so cool how neuronal activity can be distinguished and tracked with a granularity down to the millimeter level.

Comment by Atheist Exile on November 28, 2010 at 7:52am
Interesting article on excitatory versus inhibitory signals, doone. I love neurology-related articles.
Comment by Atheist Exile on November 27, 2010 at 9:10am
Oh, I see . . . you link has the extra word "edit" on the end . . .

http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/uncertainty-for-mere-athei...
Comment by Atheist Exile on November 27, 2010 at 9:09am
Hey doone,

I get the following error page when I click on your "here" link.
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Comment by Atheist Exile on November 27, 2010 at 6:06am
Sorry Fred, I didn't know you were a fan of the topic. Besides, I created the group (as sent out invitations) before I knew you.
I'm too obsessed with this topic, Fred. And, besides, the group is not very active.
Comment by Atheist Exile on February 12, 2010 at 9:45pm
Hi CaraColeen,

I hope you find the discussions interesting and l look forward to your comments.
Comment by CJoe on February 12, 2010 at 9:36am
I'm excited about this group :) Thanks for creating it, AE!
 

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Free Will Without Dualism

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Clint Baxley Oct 30, 2013. 1 Reply

Michio Kaku: Quantum Physics Ends the Free Will Debate

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Aug 21, 2013. 1 Reply

How Free Is Your Will?

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