Sabine Hossenfelder explains why free will is incompatible with the currently known laws of nature and why the idea makes no sense anyway.  

Compare this with John-Paul Sartre’s “We are condemned to be free.”

Sounds like a perfect debate topic for Philosophy Friday here on Frank’s World.

Time stamps:

  • 0:00 Intro and Content Summary
  • 0:30 Free will as the possibility to select a future
  • 1:21 Free will is incompatible with the laws of nature
  • 3:02 Chaos and quantum mechanics make no difference
  • 3:50 Free will is nonsense
  • 4:28 Other definitions of free will
  • 6:32 What is really going on
  • 6:58 Reacting to a prediction is not free will
  • 8:00 Free will is unnecessary for moral behavior
  • 9:30 How to live without free will

Philosophy Tube explores what the future holds for consciousness, compute, and AI.

What does this mean?

Biology meets computer science meets philosophy! Following a discussion between Antonio Damasio and Aubrey de Grey I was inspired to talk about minds and brains, computers, artificial intelligence, and technology!

It’s these mash-ups of different fields and disciplines that makes this field so fascinating.

For today’s Philosophy Friday, here’s a look at a well-known concept that has emerged from Taoist philosophy is wu wei, that can be translated as “non-action”, “effortless action”, or the paradoxical “action of non-action”.

Watch this video to explore this concept and what is has to do with “flow” and even a resemblance to stoicism. 

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech, specializing in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is the author of several popular books: one on the arrow of time called From Eternity to Here, one on the Higgs boson called The Particle at the End of the Universe, and one on science and philosophy called The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

He has an upcoming book on Quantum Mechanics that you can preorder now called Something Deeply Hidden.

This is a great interview with Lex Fridman.

In this video, Jared from Wisecrack explores the philosophy of Billions, a show about the rivalry of a District Attorney and a billionaire hedge fund manager. The plot revolves around (and mentions frequently) Game Theory is study of mathematical models of strategic interaction between rational decision-makers. It figures prominently in reinforcement learning.

A popular TV show referencing a branch of mathematics? What a time to be alive!