How Quantum Mechanics is Compatible with Free Will

Well like you say "What is picking the results of this quantum bit stream? And how does it do it?", indeed.  I think we need to define a process, call it "you", and prove that the volition to do something is determined by that process.  This "you" process must be able to supervene on the deterministic universe, otherwise you don't have free will.  It all comes down to defining the "you" process, and then proving that it can have the "supervene" relationship with the physical world.  You can read more about that relationship in The Conscious Mind by David Chalmers.  The advantage of formulating the question this way is that you don't need to rely upon the quantum world and some unknown mechanism to justify a belief in free will, because the "you" process can supervene on any mechanism, whether it be quantum or neurological or  social or a combination of all of those.  The only requirement is that the "you" process determines the volition and can supervene on the physics of the real universe.

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Mark de LA says
 Hmm....I can think of you as a process, but I think of myself as a being. Once you throw consciousness in the mix you get different dimensions to the question. Devolution to a 2-dimensional thought doesn't apply IMHO.

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