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Comment author: kpreid 01 November 2009 10:25:12PM *  3 points [-]

But there's no basis for choice in nature - physics at every level is either random (probabilistic) or deterministic (cause and effect), and neither can be considered "choice."

Er, no. Choice is part of the way your (and my) brain works; brains operate, as do everything else, within the laws of physics, being implemented on them (as is everything else).

I am a subsystem of the universe; I am deterministic. I consider possibilities; each one was found by my brain as it proceeds according to physics. I choose; the method of selection is part of my brain as it proceeds according to physics (as does everything else).

I am deterministic. I choose. You are deterministic. You choose. These are not incompatible: they are at different levels.