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From the “Free Will Theorems” to the “Choice Ontology” of Quantum Mechanics

EasyChair Preprint no. 3261

10 pagesDate: April 26, 2020


If the concept of “free will” is reduced to that of “choice” all physical world share the latter quality. Anyway the “free will” can be distinguished from the “choice”: The “free will” involves implicitly certain preliminary goal, and the choice is only the mean, by which it can be achieved or not by the one who determines the goal. Thus, for example, an electron has always a choice but not free will unlike a human possessing both. Consequently, and paradoxically, the determinism of classical physics is more subjective and more anthropomorphic than the indeterminism of quantum mechanics for the former presupposes certain deterministic goal implicitly following the model of human freewill behavior.
The choice is usually linked to very complicated systems such as human brain or society and even often associated with consciousness. In its background, the material world is deterministic and absolutely devoid of choice. However, quantum mechanics introduces the choice in the fundament of physical world, in the only way, in which it can exist: All exists in the “phase transition” of the present between the uncertain future and the well-ordered past. Thus the present is forced to choose in order to be able to transform the coherent state of future into the well-ordering of past. The concept of choice as if suggests that there is one who chooses. However quantum mechanics involves a generalized case of choice, which can be called “subjectless”: There is certain choice, which originates from the transition of the future into the past. Thus that kind of choice is shared of all existing and does not need any subject: It can be considered as a low of nature.
There are a few theorems in quantum mechanics directly relevant to the topic: two of them are called “free will theorems” by their authors, Conway and Kochen.
Those theorems can be considered as a continuation of the so-called theorems about the absence of “hidden variables” in quantum mechanics.

Keyphrases: choice, freewill, freewill theorems, hidden variables in quantum mechanics

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  author = {Vasil Penchev},
  title = {From the “Free Will Theorems” to the “Choice Ontology” of Quantum Mechanics},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 3261},

  year = {EasyChair, 2020}}
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