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46 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 17 March 2008 01:59AM

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Comment author: Ben_Jones 19 March 2008 05:34:59PM 1 point [-]

Ian C.,

I'm not deducing (potentially wrongly) from some internal observation that I have free will. The knowledge that I chose is not a conclusion, it is a memory.

To paraphrase/mangle Wittgenstein:

What would the memory have felt like if you only had the illusion of free will?

To be honest, I'm not convinced this is a useful argument. Does the existence (or otherwise) of 'free will' have any bearing on our ethics, our actions, or anything at all?