Stimulus, Response, Meaning

A thermostat can be fully predictable at the electro-mechanical level, and yet "respond" in a "meaningful" way to a "stimulus" as it controls a heater to regulate temperature. A computer chess program can be fully predictable at the machine-instruction logic level, and yet "respond" in a "meaningful" way to an opponent's moves and play a game of chess with great apparent skill. So too a person can be fully predictable at the neuro-chemical level ...

(cf Free Will (1999-04-11), Free Action (2000-04-03), Freedom Evolves (2003-07-03), StrangeLoops (2007-10-06), Free Will Facts (2008-05-31), Contemporary Introduction to Free Will (2008-06-15), Karma (2009-07-15), ...) - ^z - 2020-10-19