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Comment on Free will as nonlinear transformational effectiveness

Spaceweaver Sat, Aug 28, 2010
Interesting post ! A couple of years ago I wrote a paper on free will I think you'll find interesting. It traces the experience of choice to an epistemic gap inherent in mental processes due to them being based on physically realized computational processes. This gap weakens the grasp of determinism and allows for an effective kind of freedom. The freedom arising from the epistemic gap is no longer a mysterious property of an agent but rather a dynamic property of a wider state of affairs involving the agent, the distribution of computational resources and information flow.

In one line: So called free choice arises because information and computational resources are never equally distributed. Though I did not make this explicit in the actual paper, freedom can be closely related to entropy and entropic gradients.

Needless to mention that freedom as a concept goes far beyond the local manifestations of will. What needs an explanation in this context is not freedom but only to what exactly the experience of free will corresponds if it does correspond to anything real at all. The conclusion I reach in my article that free will does correspond to something real and measurable at least in principle.