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Towards Implementing Free Will - Bruce Edmonds

Structuring the development of free-will within a society of peers

The final difficulty is to find how to structure this mental evolution so that in addition to maintaining the internal coherence of the deliberations and their effectiveness at pursuing goals and being unpredictable to others, the actions of the agent can be presented to others as rational and verified as such by those agents. This is in order to fulfil criterion (5) above.

 This last criterion can be achieved if there is a normative process which specifies a framework of rationality which is not restrictive so that different deliberative processes for the same action can be simultaneously acceptable. The framework must be loose enough so that the openness of the strategy development process is maintained, allowing creativity in the development of strategies, etc. But on the other hand must be restrictive enough so that others can understand and empathise with the deliberative processes (or at least a credible reconstruction of the processes) that lead to action.are number of ways in which this framework could be implemented. I favour the possibility that it is the language of the strategies which is developed normatively in parallel with the development of an independent free-will. Thus the bias of the strategies can be co-evolved with the biases of others and the strategies developed within this bias.

Towards Implementing Free Will - Bruce Edmonds - 16 MAR 0

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