Re: Free Will

J. R. Molloy (
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 09:24:08 -0700

I can't believe the term Free Will can accurately apply to a single entity, acting alone, because it self-contradicts, self-cancels, self-nullifies, and brain-locks an entity (or agent) that tries to simultaneously act with freedom and with willfulness (assuming "free" denotes indeterminate, and "will" indicates determination).
When either the determinants of willfulness, or the indeterminability of freedom prevails, action can resume.
(This analogizes to locking up a neutral solenoid by simultaneously sending both positive and negative signals to it.)

Consequently, the term Free Will makes sense only when it refers to agents acting within larger systems, in which case, Free Will means approximately the same as self-actualization, self-determination, independent action, etc., which derives from considerations apart from the system that constrains particular agents or entities.

By this account, extropy manifests Free Will in proportion as it acts in contrast to entropic systems Sometimes extropy self-organizes freely, and sometimes willfully, as it adapts its own systems in ever more potent complexity transcending entropy.

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