Michael Egnor thinks that Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne undercuts his own argument against free will by admitting that quantum phenomena are real:
Recently, he wrote:
“Yes, we have that feeling of freedom, and that feeling is certainly real, but the illusion is that, as even compatibilists admit, we could not have done other than what we did at any moment in time. And, except for the action of any quantum events, the future is completely determined by the past. [emphasis mine] – Jerry Coyne, “A PBS Space Time Video Does an Unconvincing Job of Discussing Free Will” at Why Evolution Is True”
“Except for action of any quantum events”? I challenge Coyne: What in nature isn’t the action of quantum events? Certainly, every event in the brain is quantum in nature—every brain state, every action potential, every secretion of a neurotransmitter, every bit of protein synthesis or ion flow—is the consequence of quantum events. Because all quantum events are non-deterministic, then all brain states are non-deterministic, and the free will deniers’ claim that nature is deterministic falls to pieces.Michael Egnor, “A materialist gives up on determinism” at Mind Matters News
Mind Matters News offers a number of articles on free will by neurosurgeon Michael Egnor including
Why I, as a neurosurgeon, believe in free will. The spiritual aspect of the human soul, sadly, leaves its signature in epilepsy.
Can physics prove there is no free will? No, but it can make physicists incoherent when they write about free will. It’s hilarious. Sabine Hossenfelder misses the irony that she insists that people “change their minds” by accepting her assertion that they… can’t change their minds.