John Conway Agrees With Me

Okay, maybe I agree with John Conway. He did come up with the idea first.

Mr. Conway is giving a series of lectures at Princeton regarding free will. From the article, Conway and his colleague Simon Kochen say they have proven that, “if humans have free will, then elementary particles — like atoms and electrons — possess free will as well.”

That sounds pretty much in line with my post The Illusion of Free Will, where I proposed two identical boxes filled with identical arrangements of atoms and said, “there are two possibilities: the two boxes will remain identical as the molecules go about their business, or some randomizing factor — quantum or otherwise — will cause the boxes to fall out of sync.”

I did have the hubris to cast doubt on the second possibility and prefer the first. I don’t know what Conway’s thoughts on the likelihood of the two are.


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