Brian Green's comments that free will is not part of the equations of physics is disturbing to many but we must keep in mind that we are dealing with the exact meaning of words (which is an oxymoron to begin with). Green's comments are within a particular hypothetical interpretation of quantum theory proposed by Hugh Everett a half century ago called the many worlds theory (hypothesis to be more accurate). There are many other competing interpretation and the dust has yet to have settled on this issue. But even within this way of viewing things the concept of predestination, which is traditionally coupled with a lack of free will, is not at all part of the concept. The many worlds hypothesis is the opposite of predestination in that every thing that can happen happens in at least some of the many worlds. Predestination assumes that there is only one world, not many. The question of free will in the the many worlds interpretation is whether or not the odds of a particular world (its probability relative to the total ensemble) can be influenced by our conscious decisions. The question then is can our decisions tilt the odds of one world outcome verses another? Just choose to run a red light at 100 mph at rush hour to answer this one. This then leads to the discussion of Camus' issue of whether life is worth living or should we just choose a pleasant suicide. Green's approach to this is right on. He finds inspiration in the amazing structure of the physical reality from which we evolved. I am totally in tune with this approach. Like Green, I have published on the intricate nature of the physical substructure of the universe that was necessary for the raw energy of the Big Bang to have evolved into anything like ourselves anywhere in the vast visible universe (see ImprobableUniverse.com , Our Improbable Universe, ISBN 1-56858-301-X, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004 and also go to for a 1 hour video presentation). Here I identify more than 14 physical laws (or phenomena) that had to be more or less exactly as they are for intelligence to have evolve anywhere. If these laws were set up by a deity after much contemplation (and perhaps computer simulations), the great effort of the creator implies that life has value (i.e. derived value) and must be taken seriously and helped to flourish. A non-deistic approach is a many universes hypothesis which is not the same as the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. In this approach one hypothesizes a huge metal universe in which our visible universe (what we can see) is one of a zillion pocket universe each of which has a different set of physical laws (String Theory implies 1,000, .... with 500 zeros potential structures) . With this hypothesis we have gotten the one universe in a zillion with the built in spontaneous creativity that can result in beings such as ourselves. We won a rare gem in the rough that has inherent value based on its huge creative potential. So either way(a deistic or non-deistic hypothesis) life and the universe has unimaginable creative value. This is my answer to Camus' paradox.
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