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How is the concept of free will incorporated into physics?

  1. Jan 4, 2006 #1
    How is the concept of free will incorporated into physics?
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2006 #2

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    Vanesch is our great believer in free will as a factor in quantum theory. He holds (he can correct me) that belief in free will requires that we use the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

    There is no agreement on these issues in the physics community. Many physicists adopt the "hypothesis not needed" or "shut up and calculate" stance.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2006 #3
    if a tree falls in the forest and theres no one to hear it, we dont care :biggrin: .
    as long as you cant predict anything from the statement about parallel universes its either there or not... its not scientific.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2006 #4

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    WHY should physics say anything about "free will"? Is there a philosophical theory of gravity?
     
  6. Jan 4, 2006 #5
    A. Man eventually has free will over all of his actions

    B. Man acts as or upon a physical system

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    C. Free will has a role in physics
     
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    Wigner carried the analysis of the wave function collapse beyond the Copenhagen model of system and apparatus, noting that at every stage there was a wave function collapse, leading to an apparent infinite regress. He concluded that the only place the collapses ceased was in the mind of the investigator sensing the results.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2006 #7
    what theory isn't of philosophy?
     
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