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New Meetup: Free Will vs. Determinism

From: Alex N.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:21 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Analytic Philosophy CLUB!

What: Free Will vs. Determinism

When: Monday, November 29,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Espresso Vivace
532 Broadway Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(We will go across the street to the Joule apt. bldg. lounge after we assemble)

It's an oldie but a goodie, with some current twists. The original idea was this: If we could know all there is to know about the exact state of the universe at some moment in time and the true laws that govern the universe, then we could determine precisely the history and future of every particle in the universe. But, we are each ourselves made up of these self-same particles, which means we could predict our own futures in advance. So, does this mean we really aren't in control of our lives, that we are just 'along for the ride' but not in the driver's seat, that our volition is merely an illusion? -- What's worse, our brains are also made up of particles, and insofar as the brain determines the mind, then are our very thoughts also subject to the same determinism? -- Don't be quick to dismiss this very question as a product of a defunct mechanistic Newtonian physics, for contemporary physics does not depart as far as you might think from the Newtonian model, especially at the macro-level which concerns this question.

I will have a good over-arch reading for you in a few days. Feel free to post your thoughts.

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