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Originally posted by Whosthatgirl
Sorry but I don't agree, having no free will goes against everything I teach my children and practice myself. I however have completely unplugged from the zombie life that most people are in today.
I decided to stop taking drugs along time ago and NEVER looked back, the very idea of being a zombie even 20yrs ago was enough to stop me. However thats a different story.
Originally posted by Raxoxane
The single most empowering act of free will is:"I will not let this get me/keep me down" Imo.
What would it mean for you and me to know there are inconceivably many yous and mes living out all possible histories? Surely, there is no point in making any choices for the better if all possible outcomes happen? We might as well stay in bed or commit suicide.
Deutsch does not agree. In fact, he thinks it could make real choice possible. In classical physics, he says, there is no such thing as "if"; the future is determined absolutely by the past. So there can be no free will. In the multiverse, however, there are alternatives; the quantum possibilities really happen. Free will might have a sensible definition, Deutsch thinks, because the alternatives don't have to occur within equally large slices of the multiverse. "By making good choices, doing the right thing, we thicken the stack of universes in which versions of us live reasonable lives," he says. "When you succeed, all the copies of you who made the same decision succeed too. What you do for the better increases the portion of the multiverse where good things happen." Let's hope that deciding to read this article was the right choice.