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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Einstein on Free Will

I've added the following text to "Determinism versus Agency: There is no Free Will" by Vexen Crabtree (1999):

The facts of determinism - that external factors that form our development, such as experiences, and internal factors such as biochemistry, predestine us to our fates - are noted as mentioned by neurologists, physicists and philosophers. Above these, these facts are proclaimed also by none other than Albert Einstein:

“I do not at all believe in human freedom in the philosophical sense. Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner neccessity.”
- Albert Einstein (reference on www.humantruth.info/free_will.html)

I'm reading a collection of Einstein's writings called "Ideas and Opinions" and well chuffed to come across this two-line chestnut!

(Nothing feels better than reducing one of the world's greatest minds to little quotations!)

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Of course it einstine belived that there was absolutly nothing random in the universe he belived that if you bought things down to a small enough level there was no uncertainty. You may have found his quote "God does not play dice."

Current theory seems to point to physics on a subatomic level being all about percentages of the chances of various outcomes and uncertainty. In that Uncertainty that Einstine did not then belive in is the possibility of choice (Although of course not the certainty).

I was particularly lost by your second paragraph! Not your fault, so I'll give a brief answer to your comment that randomness is important.

Probability may be important in quantum physics, but, it does not result in free will.

It dose not result in free will. You wouldn't exspect a die hard agnostic like me to say that anything leads un earingly to anything. but it dose make it possible.

The second paragraph means that you can not predict where a sub atomic particle will be from one moment to the next. you can mearly give a percentage chance of what it may do next. It is possible that on a subatomic level there is true randomosity*

*I just made that word up but I may not have been the first to do so and I'm sure you understand it.

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