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Are we Ready for the Illusion of Free Will?

“Free will” continues to be a hot topic in questions and comments with many, many folk. “Free will” is so heavily culturally, religiously, and corporately reinforced, that it seems almost inconceivable that it could be a…

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Meditation, Hypnosis, and Free Will

In a new twist on the classic “free will” experiment, meditators, average people and people who can be easily hypnotized were compared.  The results hint that although nobody has free will, meditators have more awareness of…

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The Tantric Gift of Math’s Mystery

Is math an invention of the human brain? Or does math exist in some abstract world, with humans merely discovering its truths? The debate has been raging since the time of the ancient Greeks. Predictably, one…

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The Paradox of Free Will

One of my earliest ventures into philosophy, back in high school, concerned the question of “free will versus determinism.” If the world unfolds according to fixed laws, then everything that happens is determined by events that…

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What Does Quantum Theory Tell us About Free Will?

One often hears that quantum theory saves free will from classical Newtonian or even Darwinian determinism. Investigating such claims, however, quickly gets complicated. Pure “unitary” or “minimal” quantum theory postulates fully deterministic dynamics, but only probabilistic…

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Imagining a society without free will, Robert Burton

Robert Burton imagines some of the questions that would be raised in a society which viewed human actions as involuntary and without free will. Robert A. Burton, M.D., graduated from Yale University and the University of…

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Twenty Questions About IT

When Consciousness pretends that there’s a separation be-tween what It says It is (the I), and what It says It isn’t (the not-I), then the world mysteriously (re)appears. But It’s not really going anywhere. Remember that…

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Panel: Quantum Theory and Free Will

A panel discussion recorded at SAND14 with Chris Fields, Henry Stapp and Donald Hoffman. Quantum theory incorporates two seemingly-contradictory ideas about free will. On the one hand, an observer can choose both the system to measure and the…

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