Jul 23, 2013 | By

Quantum Physics and Free Will

The Templeton Foundation’s Big Question Online Series posted a profound article this week summarizing the basis for concluding that quantum physics requires/proves the existence of non-physical agency.  In the article “What Does Quantum Physics Have to Do with Free Will?”, Antoine Suarez made the case for concluding that the only coherent explanation for quantum behavior is metaphysical – there are phenomena outside of nature that have effects on things in nature.  This approach resolves a number of the issues we have been dealing with in this forum including the problem of reductionism.  <See  Causation).  Reductionism requires an immense “leap of faith” to believe that coherent, finely tuned and ordered natural phenomena can emerge from randomness.  In fact, they do not.  There is an ordering “force” at work, a propensity or disposition in the language of dispositional essentialism, that directs the emergence of higher level systems from lower level substrates, e.g. consciousness from processes in the brain, life from chemistry, chemistry from physics…  There is a place for God, and for Love, in this kind of universe.

NOTE:  The BQO article by Dr. Suarez was subsequently removed from the BQO website.  Dr. Suarez’ theory is also presented in his  book: Is Science Compatible with Free Will? Exploring Free Will and Consciousness in the Light of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience, (Springer: New York, 2013).




One Response to “Quantum Physics and Free Will”

  1. […] The question of “Interventions” has become quite a bit murkier in the last century as the paradoxes of quantum physics and the nature of complexity have been explored. Very tiny quantum fluctuations falling within a broad range of accepted probabilities can, in the right circumstances, cascade into significant events in the observable physical world. Some of those events (quantum entanglements) even seem to involve relationships that are outside of space and time. Quantum events are also triggered by intentional measurements – raising speculations about the phenomenology of observation and consciousness. An unusual event could, on the one hand, appear simply to be the result of a random but low probability quantum fluctuation. From a different point of view, the same unusual event could be said to be the result of divine intervention. (see also the recent post on Quantum Theory and Free Will.) […]

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