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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Paul Raven tagged Will

"Today, as researchers gain a better understanding of the molecular details underlying consciousness, some people think that we may discover a molecular mechanism responsible for free will - but Cashmore doesn’t think so. Such a discovery, he says, would require a new physical law that breaks the causal laws of nature. As it is, the only “wild card” that allows any room for maneuvering outside of genetics and one’s environment is the inherent uncertainty of the physical properties of matter, and even this stochastic element is beyond our conscious control. (However, it can help explain why identical twins growing up in the same environment are unique individuals.)"

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"Everything in the universe has some degree of free will. Even quantum particles. An elemental particle "decides" which way to spin. A cosmic ray decides when to decay. Not consciously, but choose they do. A new paper co-authored by mathematician John Conway, inventor of a cellular automata demonstration known as the Game of Life, argues that you can't explain the spin or decay of particles by randomness, nor are they determined, so free will is the only option left. " This is a totally unqualified opinion, of course, but that sounds to me like somewhat of a logical canyon-leap.

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"At some point we're going to have direct neural connections, where you plug the thing into your brain, and the first people who do that are going to be seen as social outcasts ... it will be almost like tattoos or body piercing ..."

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"... now a website dedicated to that vast and previously overlooked group, the dead, is starting to prove being online is vital even when you are permanently offline." Weird, but not entirely surprising.

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"Google Will Eat Itself generates money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites." Some interesting anti-digi-capitalist activism, via Captain Sterling.

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