Panel: Quantum Theory and Free Will - Science and Nonduality (SAND)

Panel: Quantum Theory and Free Will

Video with

A panel discussion recorded at SAND14 with Chris Fields, Henry Stapp and Donald Hoffman.

Quantum theory incorporates two seemingly-contradictory ideas about free will. On the one hand, an observer can choose both the system to measure and the kind of measurement to make; given these choices, the theory predicts a probability distribution over the possible outcomes and nothing more. It is quantum indeterminism. On the other hand, a system that no one is looking at evolves through time according the dynamics that are perfectly deterministic. No one is “looking at” the universe as a whole – all observers are inside the universe by definition – so the time evolution of the whole universe must be perfectly deterministic. This clash between indeterminism and determinism is sharpened by the existence of a strong theorem, the Conway-Kochen “free will theorem,” that says that if human (or any other kind of) observers are assumed to have free will, everything
else in the universe, even electrons, has to be assumed to have free will, too.

Is this conflict real, or might it dissolve on further analysis? This panel will examine some of the strikingly different views advanced by physicists on this question, illuminating the concept and role of entanglement in the process.

Universal pattern of brain wave frequencies unraveled

Article by

Across mammalian species, brain waves are slower in deep cortical layers

Tesla’s “Free Energy” & Vedic Philosophy

Article by

The Properties of Space Science works best when in harmony with nature

Liberating the Social Instinct to Support Realization 

Article by ,

Exploring the origins, distortions, and liberating potential of the social instinct, as discussed by Diamond Approach founders A

Gaza Besieged, Jews Divided, & A World In Pain

Video with

Gabor Maté and sons Aaron and Daniel got together in Vancouver BC to discuss what's happening in Gaza, Israel, and the worldwide Jewish community.

#71 Beyond Algorithms

Podcast with

a conversation with Edward Frenkel, mathematician, Berkeley professor and author of the international bestseller Love and Math exploring the nature of reality and the fallacy of the naive ideas of determinism and computationalism.

#70 Jungian Black Holes

Podcast with

Exploring the intersections of holographic string theory and Jungian psychology.

#69 Rethinking Attachment Towards Relational Wholeness

Podcast with

A discussion on the limits of Attachment Theory

Our Evolving (Un)knowing in Science & Math

Video with

An excerpts from Edward's Recent SAND Event "Beyond Algorithms: Free Will, Infinity & Limits of AI" on the Nondual experience found in the evolving (un)knowing of science and mathematics.

Support SAND with a Donation

Science and Nonduality is a nonprofit organization. Your donation goes towards the development of our vision and the growth of our community.
Thank you for your support!