Physics has found a different state of matter – “perceptronium” – that is conscious. This resonates with Tielhard de Chardin’s postulate that all matter is and has always been conscious from the outset, and which is coalescing as evolution moves from the physical through chemical and biological to the evolution of ideas – the noosphere.
And it is observation which causes the infinity of potential to crystallise out into the concrete actual. (The collapse of schrodinger’s wave function – thereby forcing the choice between the alive and dead cat).
Who observes? What observes? Is it consciousncess. In any event since the observer causes the collapse or crystallisation it/he/she seems to exercise free will.
And for those who dispute the collapse of the wavefunction – the only way out is to create infinitely splitting universes (Everett’s theory). And this comes to the same thing in relation to free will. It is only that we get to choose which universe we are conscious in. In that case our observation is effectively the point of choice between different splitting universes.
It comes to the same thing surely? Consciousness is. It just is. Something observes and either creates the actually experienced world through waves function collapse or steers into particular universes by choices at each potential universe fracture.
Consciousness and free will appear then to be related and pertain to the creation of reality. And what is the wellspring of consciousness?
(Thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org for putting me on to Max Tegmark’s series of articles at Cornell University Press. Am I talking drivel??)