Free Will

TagLast edit: 1 Oct 2020 2:13 UTC by Ruby

Free will is one of the easiest hard questions, as millennia-old philosophical dilemmas go. Though this impossible question is generally considered fully and completely dissolved on Less Wrong, aspiring reductionists should try to solve it on their own.

Non-spoiler posts

The following posts can be read to set up the problem of “free will” and what constitutes a good solution from a reductionist perspective, without entirely giving away the solution. (When Yudkowsky wrote these posts, he thought he could get away with just leaving it as a practice problem, and some of the posts state that the problem will be left open. However Yudkowsky did eventually find that he needed to write out the whole solution.)

For spoiler posts see free will (solution).

See also

Free Will as Un­solv­abil­ity by Rivals

Pavitra28 Mar 2011 3:28 UTC
24 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

Free will as an ap­pear­ance to others

Yuxi_Liu22 May 2019 23:57 UTC
12 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

Free will isn’t a con­cept (un­less you mean de­ter­minism)

KatjaGrace15 Jul 2007 13:51 UTC
1 point
0 comments1 min readLW link

Dis­solu­tion of free will as a call to action

Dr_Manhattan24 May 2011 12:41 UTC
12 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

The scope of “free will” within biol­ogy?

Jay_Schweikert29 Jun 2011 6:34 UTC
21 points
30 comments3 min readLW link

Separate moral­ity from free will

PhilGoetz10 Apr 2011 2:35 UTC
8 points
85 comments5 min readLW link

[link] Scott Aaron­son on free will

DanielVarga10 Jun 2013 23:24 UTC
32 points
109 comments1 min readLW link

How would not hav­ing free will feel to you?

shminux20 Jun 2013 20:51 UTC
10 points
70 comments1 min readLW link

My sum­mary of Eliezer’s po­si­tion on free will

Solvent28 Feb 2012 5:53 UTC
20 points
100 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] What is the sub­jec­tive ex­pe­rience of free will for agents?

G Gordon Worley III2 Apr 2020 15:53 UTC
10 points
19 comments1 min readLW link

Beliefs as emo­tional strategies

Kaj_Sotala9 Apr 2021 14:28 UTC
56 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

A crit­i­cal agen­tial ac­count of free will, cau­sa­tion, and physics

jessicata5 Mar 2020 7:57 UTC
19 points
9 comments12 min readLW link

Pass­ing the Re­cur­sive Buck

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Jun 2008 4:50 UTC
35 points
17 comments4 min readLW link

Non­sen­tient Optimizers

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Dec 2008 2:32 UTC
27 points
48 comments6 min readLW link

Is Free Will A Myth?

Precious Oluwatobi Emmanuel1 Jan 2021 20:56 UTC
0 points
2 comments3 min readLW link
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