Re: Free Will

John Clark (
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 02:54:30 -0400

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>> Free Will is the inability to always know what you will do next,
>>and not know when you'll not know, even in an unchanging environment.

Damien Broderick <> Wrote:

>No, that's just a side consequence. The idea that humans have (a faculty of)
>free will is surely an attempt to formalise or account for the tussle
>we often experience when we are impelled by `mixed motives'.
>We momentarily become aware of the usually inaccessible seething
>of the society of mind or self parliament.

That's pretty much what I said, I just said it shorter. I don't understand what you're objecting to.

>To what extent an executive decision can actually prevail over the appetites
>is unclear to me

The executive always prevails, it always does what it wants to, it's just that the appetites (and fears) can change what it wants.

>but *randomness* and/or *unknowability of alternatives* are not part of
>that obscurity.

Why not? If you knew with certainty every single thing you would do tomorrow would you have free will, wouldn't you feel like a robot? My point is that even a robot doesn't feel like a robot.

John K Clark

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