Is there free will?

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Is there free will?

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Is there free will?
  1. Unread #1 - Nov 18, 2019 at 12:20 AM
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    Is there free will?

    And does your opinion on free will help you navigate your life or impede you?

    Personally, I don't understand how free will can exist. I'm voting no, for now. It seems like my motives just pop out from my mind and dictate behavior. This makes me feel powerless like I have no say. However, it also makes me feel relieved ... like I'm just taking a ride at a fair and might as well enjoy the experience rather than trying to steer.
     
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    Is there free will?

    Social constraints impedes us from doing embarrassing or even evil things. However, we choose to take naps in the middle of the day right? Isn't that a choice? We don't necessarily need it nor does anyone forces us to sleep in the middle of the day but we choose to because we want to. Yes, there are times that we nap or take any action that forces us to do that but it doesn't mean that ALL things that we do are forced or influenced by something that we cannot control.
     
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    Is there free will?

    I believe internal free will exists. I am responsible for the choices I make in life which and those are the results of free will. It does help me navigate as I (speculating here) analyse potential outcomes to a larger extent than I would if I was just riding the rollercoaster. Does that make sense?
     
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    Is there free will?

    This is an interesting question.

    I think the discussion should revolve more around whether or not we live in a completely deterministic universe - are we able to make our own choices, free of any outside influences, or is every decision and action predetermined by our past experiences?

    There are a few schools of thought on this - I tend to fall into the “free will compatible with a somewhat deterministic universe” group. This might seems like a boring, meet in the middle opinion, but I think it makes the most sense. I do think we are able to make our own choices, but I believe the options available to us have been determined by our past events and influences.

    Essentially, I do believe in free will. I do not think there is a sufficient argument to definitively state that free will does NOT exist


    Man can do what he wills, but he cannot will what he wills
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    Is there free will?

    If one cannot will what they will, then isn't that will constrained? Is Arthur's statement in contradiction to free will?
     
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    Is there free will?

    Decisions come down to patterns of neurons firing, which comes down to a matter of chemistry, which comes down to the laws of physics.

    No.
     
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    Is there free will?

    Just like how you had the free will to make this post you have the free will to do many things.
     
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    Is there free will?

    You're presupposing that they had the free will to make this post.
     
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    Is there free will?

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    Is there free will?

    Yes I agree their is free will.
     
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