Complexity theory, quantum mechanics and radically free self determination

Journal of Mind and Behavior 22 (4):365-388 (2001)

Mark Pestana
Grand Valley State University
It has been claimed that quantum mechanics, unlike classical mechanics, allows for free will. In this paper I articulate that claim and explain how a complex physical system possessing fractal-like self similarity could exhibitboth self consciousness and self determination. I use complexity theory to show how quantum mechanical indeterminacies at the neural level could “percolate up” to the levels of scale within the brain at which sensory-motor information transformations occur. Finally, I explain how macro level indeterminacy could be coupled with self determination to provide a physical system with the capacity for radically free willing
Keywords Complexity  Metaphysics  Quantum Mechanics  Self-determination
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