Re: virus: Re: Rationality

Alexander Williams (
Fri, 07 Mar 1997 14:26:25 -0500

David McFadzean wrote:
> 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
> useful.

Does it make any sense to talk about anything /but/ memetic environments
(memespheres, entities of thought, whatnot) possessing `free will'? We
don't talk about an atom's freedom to merge with any appropriate other
atom, forming bonds, do we?

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

Hmmmmm. The problem is that all the discussions I've heard regarding FW
have involved omniscience or predictability. One need /not/ exert any
form of control or influence on the subject for that form of FW
'subversion' to be enacted. Perhaps an ability to divine state in the
/absence/ of influence or control of the subject entity.

   Alexander Williams{}
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