posted on Dec, 15 2005 @ 09:54 AM
In order for the logic equation "materialism = no free will" to be true, the nature of matter would have to be deterministic, i.e., leave no room
for freedom of action, given that all human behavior is materially caused.
But according to today's physics, that is not the case. At its most basic, atomic level, matter is indeterminate, behaving in ways that cannot be
completely predicted, even in principle, given perfect knowledge. On the level we can see, some processes suppress this indeterminacy (e.g., the
swing of a pendulum, or the orbits of the planets), while others preserve it (e.g., the weather, or the formation of bubbles in boiling water).
So. Even given that human behavior is materially caused in entirety, the causative process is still indeterminate. It is still the case that, given
perfect knowledge down to the level of individual atoms, we would not be able to predict with complete certainty what a person would do in a given
circumstance. That uncertainty, experienced from within, is free will or choice.