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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

Hard determinism does not entail that your love is a chemical reaction in your brain. Hard determinism is roughly the view that : For every event, E2, there is another event, E1, that precedes E2 ...
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Why do people still believe in free will?

Most academic philosophers (around 60%, according to the PhilPapers survey) lean toward compatibilism: the view that determinism (which is what you are getting at, more or less) is compatible with ...
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Why do people still believe in free will?

Schiphol's answer is correct, in that you need to first say what kind of free will you're talking about. I'm going to answer your question assuming that you're talking about libertarian free will. It'...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

I think your example is overly complex for the question you are asking. Consider instead a pachinko-like device with a slot at the top, and 4 slots or holes at the bottom. In between the top and the ...
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Can I predict my future by observing all humans/events

Can I predict my future by observing all humans/events According to Wolpert's theorem, no you can't. What you are describing here: I believe everything happened/happening in the universe is not ...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

Computation is a deliberate mapping of inputs to outputs according to a finite list of specific instructions. An accidental process cannot be computation. A process with infinite or unknowable ...
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Is there a causal influence of the mental on the physical?

The threat of epiphenomenalism is indeed a major issue intensively discussed in the last decades. But while there is a broad consensus against it, there is no agreement as to what exactly blocks it. ...
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How does Quantum Mechanics affect the modern account of free will and determinism?

The OP quote draws a distinction between determinism ("hard determinism"), and causal completeness ("less absolute determinism"). The former means that the current physical state ...
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Aren't Determinism and Free Will indiscernible from the mortal perspective?

Your point, "Determinism and free will are not discernible from the mortal perspective" is indeed the third antinomy (paradox) of Kant. According to Kant, human capacity for knowledge is innately ...
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Why do people still believe in free will?

We believe in free will because — aside from a few people with particular psychological conditions — we experience ourselves as beings capable of making choices and exercising free will. When someone ...
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If hard determinism is true, why should we try to better ourselves?

Contrary to the other answer and the assumptions in your question: Hard determinism does not, in any way, mean that trying to better yourself does not work. Rather, under hard determinism, whether you ...
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'Free will' as a 'confused concept': Is Ned Block correct?

Determinism means that every event is completely determined by the previous event. The negation, indeterminism, therefore means that every event is incompletely determined (=there is probabilistic ...
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Does Quantum Entanglement Disprove the Principle of Locality?

In the relevant sense the answer is "no", the appearance of a "yes" is created by projecting classical intuitions about locality onto quantum objects. This is confusing because the definition of ...
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Proof for the absence of free will?

Seems like no one brought up Frankfurt and hierarchical compatabilism. First-order desires: desires that are directed to objects or states of affairs. We desire things like being healthy, being well-...
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Strawson on Free Will: What are the most persuasive challenges to his position?

Strawson's argument is about ultimate moral responsibility not stritly about free will (although related). The tricky phrase here is "ultimate". One can argue that free will is not about ...
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The Mediocrity Principle, The Laws of Nature and Free Will

This is a coherent argument, but most of its premises are false. First, laws of science are regularities, not "laws" and all of them are broken. See 'The role of symmetry in fundamental ...
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How does Quantum Mechanics affect the modern account of free will and determinism?

First a point of clarification, from what you are describing, you are talking about libertarian freewill, not compatibilist freewill. More on that later. At the heart of your question is a confusion ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

If hard determinism is correct then there is no other option so "true" love would be defined as you having the moments you've had and experiencing the corresponding chemical response that you have.
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

You seem to have it backwards with regards to what science (in particular physics) is doing. Where mathematics, logic and to some extend religion build a universe from the ground up, so where they ...
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Can I predict my future by observing all humans/events

Whether or not you can predict your future actually depends on your definitions of the world. In particular, you have the emphasized "if" regarding the monitoring and processing of the data. ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

The usual question is whether free will is possible under hard determinism. However, love, particularly romantic love as conceived in the western culture, certainly is not construed as an act of free ...
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Proof for the absence of free will?

This argument constructs a paradox of the type popularized by Zeno, i.e.: one cannot do x until one has done x' one cannot do x' until one has done x'' one cannot do x'' until one has done x'''... ...
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Strawson on Free Will: What are the most persuasive challenges to his position?

Strawson’s full arguments are more careful and I’m not deeply familiar with them, but in the Studebaker paraphrase you quote, the central paragraph claiming to “logically refute” self-determination/...
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Determinism vs prediction

Determinism means that what happens in the future is unambiguously determined by what happened in the past. Predictability means that you can figure out what will happen next based on what happened ...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

Speaking as a computer scientist, I would say that every such hill is performing a computation. Namely, it computes the state that the rock is in once it reaches the bottom. More precisely, the input ...
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Does Einstein's local realism in quantum mechanics imply superdeterminism?

You are right that Bell's inequalities do not rule out "superdeterminism" (Bell's term), as he himself acknowledged:"...if our measurements are not independently variable as we supposed...even if ...
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Rudolf Carnap's opinion about free will

Carnap was a comptabilist. From the Carnap's "Philosophical Foundation of Physics" as quoted in the "Cambridge Companion to Carnap" p 303: Free choice is a decision made by some one capable of ...
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Physical laws and free will

How has this paradox been addressed, and what are the canonical views of its implications? This paradox is directly addressed by mathematician David Wolpert, in a theorem named after him (Wolpert's ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

Love is a word we have created for an experience or a set of emotions related to something or someone. It is just a word to describe the experience of this cocktail of emotions. The word in itself ...
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Could reality be a projection of another reality?

This is indeed a long and well-established topic in metaphysics, going back, in fact, to the dawn of Western philosophy. We typically know it as "Plato's Cave." Arguably, of course, Plato meant it ...
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