“‘The feeling of intentionality is real, but you’re not the ultimate author of that process.’ Watch or listen to our interview with physicist Brian Greene…”
Brian Greene is an American theoretical physicist, mathematician and string theorist. Despite tackling some of the most ‘out there’ questions in science, Greene is able to break down his work into relatable information, digging into every area of existence imaginable, from questions of life, religion, the flow of time and the origin of the universe. This conversation will make you question everything you know about yourself – Do you have free will? Are you truly conscious? – and yet you’ll still come away feeling empowered. – New Scientist
This is also a New Scientist podcast:
A multiple bestselling author, his latest book is ‘Until The End of Time: Mind, Matter and our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe’. In this engaging conversation, Brian explains his belief that there is no definitive meaning to life, and suggests that people should focus on how incredible it is that we exist at all. Despite acknowledging that many of the questions he raises in his career will probably remain unanswered for centuries, Brian says the hope of gleaning some insight into the universe’s big unknowns is what keeps him going.
Hat tip: Ken Francis
When New Scientist’s world comes away feeling empowered by stuff like this, what does it mean for the rest of us?
For an alternative look at free will (in case you thought Dr. Greene had no opponents):
Free will and free won’t:
Can free will really be a scientific idea? (Eric Holloway) Yes, if we look at it from the perspective of information theory
Why do atheists still claim that free will can’t exist? Sam Harris reduces everything to physics but then ignores quantum non-determinism (Eric Holloway)
Was famous old evidence against free will just debunked? The pattern that was thought to prove free will an illusion may have been noise
Younger thinkers now argue that free will is real. The laws of physics do not rule it out, they say.
Also by Dr. Michael Egnor on free will:
Can physics prove there is no free will?
Does “alien hand syndrome” show that we don’t really have free will?
How can mere products of nature have free will?
Does brain stimulation research challenge free will?
Is free will a dangerous myth?