What Quantum Physics Can Tell You About Your Identity
R. David Dixon Jr.
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An interesting article, on a topic I occasionally raise waxing philosophical after a few cocktails. As a biologist, however, I approach it from a genetics standpoint. An article somehow addressing this topic with the intersection of genetics and quantum physics could be very interesting, though I currently can’t envision how it would play out.

As a biologist (a plant biologist in particular), I know that I can take a plant having a particular genotype, place it in a variety of different environmental conditions, and predict how the plant will respond in terms of various objectively measurable criteria. Similar experiments can be done with mammals and physiological or behavioral responses can be measured in response to various stimuli. Both genetics and experiential factors can be shown to influence responses. Twin studies show very interesting evidence of genetic predispositions to various behavioral patterns, despite disparate individual life histories. Other studies show significant effects of gender, race, cultural heritage, etc. Responses or behavioral patterns have a genetic and experiential component and are statistically predictable. Continue to extend this premise observed in simple, testable setting to untestably complex combinations of life experiences, environmental effects on physiological and neurobiological development, intellectual inputs, genetics, etc. If you could account for all possible variables, and test them, it is possible that in any situation where an individual might have a choice to exercise his “free will,” the outcome of that choice could be statistically predicted with high probability. If so, is it really free will and self-determination? Or is it essentially programmed by biology and physics? Only human cloning experiments will provide the answer…

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