Free Will
Purposeful behavior and decision making. Since the time of Plato, terragen philosophers have explored the paradox of free will, particularly as it applies to such diverse subjects as a Supernatural God (if God is omnipotent, how could created beings act independently), Archailects, karma, and slave ai and dedicated hyperturings. A primary philosophical issue is how free will is possible if events are the result of the predictable or unpredictable but random interaction of particles. Some schools of thought claim that all sentient beings possess free will, others affirm a random or deterministic universe, others again see some elements of both.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 29 October 2001.