X-Message-Number: 17935
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 00:15:31 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Ventureville, CT, Free will

Congratulations to Dave Pizer for breaking ground on his resort. The 
Ventureville project seems a worthwhile one, and I hope to take part in it.

Mike Donahue says:
>I'm also thinking about the whole body scan, and putting aside monies every
>month to pay for scans on a regular basis.

As it happens, in spare time I'm now working on a CT scan algorithm that 
could lower the cost if successful. No guarantees, of course, but it seemed 
worth mentioning.

Finally, Mike Riskin offers some thoughts on free will and notes that, if 
it exists, it means your behavior is unpredictable to a degree. The 
converse, that unpredictable behavior guarantees free will, I don't think 
anyone would accept. In any case, being a determinist, I don't believe in 
free will, at any deep level. But I do accept what is called compatibilism, 
in which there is something very like free will and can be assumed to equal 
it for ordinary purposes, though determinism still holds. (I discuss this 
in my book.) It is also interesting that many-worlds allows for determinism 
yet happenings that, to the observer, are unpredictable. If you think about 
it (an observer splitting into copies, each of which sees a different 
outcome) you can see how this could be so.

Mike Perry

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