Posted: Aug 22, 2017 4:39 pm
by GrahamH
scott1328 wrote:I never claimed that predictability of behaviour is a mark of free will.


scott1328 wrote:I only meant in "full operation" to mean that one's choices are caused. There is no special dispensation given to the human brain that absolves its decision making capacity from the physical laws that operate everywhere else in the Universe.


scott1328 wrote:Why are you puzzled. I have posted several times that free will is predicated upon predictability of outcome, and weighing of consequences, without which an agent cannot be said to have made a free choice. The agent's own impression of the situation notwithstanding.


Choices are caused and " free will is predicated upon predictability of outcome" so choices are predictable (if we can discover those causes) . Free will is predicated upon the predictability of agents.
But then maybe that's just nonsense and free will is predicated upon agents being the cause of their choices (whatever that means) and they are therefore unpredictable, and must deal with unpredictable outcomes. Prediction is inexact. a.k.a. guesswork. Then, as I stated, free will would be compatible with some level of chaos and it's one's own intentional thoughts being strongly predicative of one's own actions that is the basis for free will. We don't need more than a bare minimum of predictability. In particular we can think we have free will in interaction with other agents who seem highly unpredictable.