If Humans Have Free Will, Then Subatomic Particles Do Too

So say a couple of Mathematicians from Princeton, John Conway and Simon Kochen. Conway will present the theorem supporting this view during a six week lecture series.  The two define free will as the lack of necessary and sufficient conditions in any previous state to determine (or to help us predict) the present state of conditions. From the Princeton press release

“It’s not about theories anymore — it’s about what the universe does,” said Kochen, a professor of mathematics and the associate chair of the Department of Mathematics. “And we’ve found that, from moment to moment, nature doesn’t know what it’s going to do. A particle has a choice.”

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3 responses to “If Humans Have Free Will, Then Subatomic Particles Do Too

  1. bats0711

    Okay so pretty much, none of us have control over anything?!

  2. Michael

    “Scientists” – gotta love’em. Can’t differentiate between how things seem and how things are. Want a better idea of the nature of freedom – read Kant’s Groundwork. Even Spinoza knew better.

  3. Michael

    In fact, they just performed a reductio ad absurdum on their own position.

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