Re: virus: Re: Rationality

David McFadzean (
Fri, 07 Mar 1997 10:33:26 -0700

At 10:02 PM 06/03/97 -0500, Alexander Williams wrote:

>Perhaps `free will' as the ability of a memetic environment to operate
>without its future state known precisely by any other entity. We can
>make guesses, sometimes quite /good/ guesses, about the future states of
>memetic environments, but knowing the future state at any given time
>precisely would invalidate its `free will.

Do we want to make 'free will' an attribute only of memetic environments?
i.e. can anything else have free will? A more serious problem is we can't
know the future state of anything precisely, so this definition isn't too

How about definining 'free will' in terms of control and/or influence
rather than predictability?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus