World Science Scholars

1.1 The Illusion of Free Will

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    • The letter about depression has no place in this discussion. The idea that people misbehave more if they think they have no free will doesn’t mean that free will exists. He is skewing the audience toward preferring that their is free will. Preferring to believe free exists does not mean free will exists. There is no canceling of an action brought about by alleged free will. The signal to do something is what you did.

    • So… he shouldn’t have chosen to discuss that letter? What self-defeating irony!

    • I enjoyed this perspective. I think that peoples free will is at a minimal when going through life “reacting” as your algorithms predict. The thing that separates us from AI is that we can “respond” to situations from a place of chance,a place of uncertainty, in turn changing our algorithms and our predictive behavior. Free will is is not always in our actions but also in our thoughts.

    • I feel compelled to reply to this…

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