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The Free Will Theorem Necessitates Superdeterminism
In this post I will endeavor to prove that the common interpretation of quantum mechanics is based on a false notion of free will; and, therefore, superdetermism must be true.
I have previously debunked nondeterministic free will here: https://plus.google.com/+JohnNewmanIII/posts/Tajojft7LE5
The reason people have been so confused about the free will debate for so long is that people tend to mix their teleological and nonteleological descriptions of the world.
In people’s minds, when they hear the term “determinism,” they are thinking of the world in a global, objective context – not a subjective, teleological context. Then, when they try to characterize their will power in that global context, it doesn’t seem to make sense. They are conflating their subjective and objective interpretations of reality.
Free will is a subjective experience. We can simulate the subjective experience of free will in a computer. By investigating the free will of an artificially intelligent agent, we can see that by “free will” we simply mean the degrees of freedom available to an agent, in contrast to that agent’s constraints or limitations in its body and its environment. It makes no sense to say that both the degrees of freedom and the constraints are simultaneously constrained. To do so is to accidentally conflate the subjective and objective interpretations of the phenomenon.
And, as I showed in the ‘debunking’ post, introducing any uncorrelated events into the subjective experience of free will can only result in a choice that is intrinsically uncorrelated from reality. Which is to say, “I meant to go left, but my free will made me go right.”
In other words, noncontingent free will is incoherent.
And if you watch this amazing video on the free will theorem, from John H. Conway and Simon B. Kochen, you will find that noncontingency is the proper definition of free will as found in non-superdeterministic interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftIllWczf5w]
Therefore, the free will theorem necessitates superdeterminism.
Following Brian Koberlein‘s lead, I’ll simply leave here Sabine Hossenfelder’s paper on how we might go about testing for the “superdeterministic conspiracy.”
Sabine Hossenfelder. Testing superdeterministic conspiracy. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 504 (2014) 012018. arXiv:1105.4326 [quant-ph]