Free Will

Posted: January 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

I’ve been quite interested in notions of free will. Rather, I’m more interested in the degree to which choices are made as a result of external factors or internal factors, the latter of which are reducible to external factors in a deterministic, and materialist, world.

There seem to be only two options:
1. All actions result from external forces. The moment of the big bang determined every “choice” we will ever make.

2. Actions are the result of “random” and unpredictable interactions.

#2 does not make sense in a deterministic world anyhow, since it too would simply be the result of initial conditions.

Seems the only escape is to reject determinism, that gives us randomness, but what about free will? Maybe we must reject materialism also. There is also this old paper I wrote musing about signal, noise and consciousness: http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/2007/untitled-iterations-vagueterrain-2006/