Sunday, July 18, 2021

The unsolvability of the mind-body problem enables free will

 Jan Scheffel, Professor from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, argues that the insolvability of the mind-body problem enables free will

In summary, we have found that reductionistic scientific understanding of subjective conscious processes is not possible; emergence lies in the way. Ontological emergence, in turn, leads to ontological openness which enables downward causation and free will

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lastgreek said...

I bet there will be a lot of words/terms in this article that will need to be looked up in a dictionary, etc. ;)

Peter Pan said...

When you don't know how the brain functions, that is an anatomical problem.

Philosophers want to fly before they learn how to walk.

Kaivey said...

If we have free will, its only a little bit. The brain is physical and runs on chemical and electrical stimuli, but it's possible there is a software part, which can be independent of the laws of physics.

Peter Pan said...

Is the information encoded in genes by the process of evolution independent of the laws of physics?