Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice


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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Welcome to Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice


The featured discussion, "Free Will Without Dualism" 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.


Discussion Forum

Free Will Without Dualism

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Oct 23, 2013. 2 Replies

 I hope to persuade hard…Continue

Tags: causality, feedback, emergent, phenomena, reciprocal

Play clearly demonstrates free will

Started by Homer Edward Price. Last reply by Atheist Exile Jul 25, 2013. 2 Replies

Hard determinism cannot explain the existence of play.  Let me define play as the exercise of one's capabilities in an activity that has no practical goal. Exercising one's capabilities in play is…Continue

Free Will and the Bible

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Jul 8, 2013. 8 Replies

Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say (as I do) that free will is compatible with determinism. The…Continue

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

Michio Kaku: Quantum Physics Ends the Free Will Debate

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Jul 7, 2013. 4 Replies

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

Interesting article: The Brain on Trial

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Luara Jul 6, 2013. 37 Replies

This article shoots all kinds of holes into free will . . . but not self-determinism :-)  It's a long article but I think you'll find it very absorbing.The Brain on TrialAdvances in brain science are…Continue

Hard determinism is untestable

Started by Homer Edward Price. Last reply by Atheist Exile Jul 2, 2013. 10 Replies

Atheist Exile asserts that hard determinism is untestable in the animate realm, and therefore unscientific according to Karl Popper’s philosophy.  Atheist Exile does not justify this assertion in his…Continue

Why Hard Determinism Fails

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Homer Edward Price Jun 27, 2013. 5 Replies

Determinism and Reciprocal Causation“Intelligence organizes the world by organizing itself.” ~Jean Piaget“An…Continue

Free Will: Explained

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Johnny P Dec 3, 2010. 11 Replies

My position on free will has been evolving. For the latest and better explanation, please see "…Continue

Tags: paradox, self-determinism, will, free, destiny

Video: Dennett on Free Will

Started by Atheist Exile. Last reply by Atheist Exile Mar 6, 2010. 2 Replies

I felt this video took 10 minutes to say what should have been said in 1 minute. Maybe you'll find more in it than I did. This video is VERY long. I post it here because of the question and answer…Continue

Tags: evitability, will, free, dennett

Randomness - sand in the Vaseline?

Started by Howard S. Dunn. Last reply by Howard S. Dunn Mar 6, 2010. 32 Replies

Every single event we cannot accurately predict represents one of two conditions (or a mixture of the two):1. a lack of information or ability to process that information on our part2. true…Continue

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Comment by John Ferrigo on August 28, 2011 at 5:00pm
Who the hell argued that free will was supernatural and whatever? This is dumb. Besides that it is A SPIRITUAL THING: THE WILL ISN'T A MATERIAL OBJECT. Also "free will" is a redundant term since will is by definition free, there is no such thing as a non-free will otherwise it wouldn't be a will!
Comment by Atheist Exile on February 8, 2010 at 11:18pm
Ha ha, Howard :-)

Actually, it was a play on words. My argument on free will relies on intelligence and choice . . . thus the group name.

I've since changed the group name to "Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice".
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on February 8, 2010 at 9:16pm
Sneaky group name - since you implied I might be unintelligent if I did not belong, I felt compelled to join ...

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