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Q: Can free will exist in our deterministic universe?
If you’re not familiar with the Game of Life, it’s well worth taking a moment to play around with it. The Game of Life is to free will, as a misplaced red wig full of bearer bonds is to clowns. So while you may disagree with how they defined the “free” in “free will”, that just means we need more words to work with. But if we have free will in the sense that our behavior is not entirely determined by the past, then the quantum systems we’re playing around with have free will in exactly the same sense. It’s an open question whether the quantum randomness of particles scales up to produce free will, or at least “not-predetermined-ness”, in living critters.
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