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Posted 4/14/13
I'm can't really say that I really know or have any reliable idea of what free will is. So for this reason, I can't say that I believe in free will.
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My free will is constantly evolving, based on my ever-changing needs, which are always situational, with variables well beyond my conscious understanding. But it is always directed towards my emotional self-interest. In that respect, I am no different than any other living creature, sentient or otherwise. What separates me, is that my moral compass won't allow me to go beyond ethical standards that our culture and environment will tolerate.
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Yes, I believe that humans have free will. But, we are heavily influenced by chemical/biological factors as well as environmental factors, past and present.
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Yeah, I think Will should be free.

I don't think anyone should have to pay for Will. It should remain free for generations... "public domain", like a work of art that has run its course. I don't think anyone should charge for Will, be allowed to copyright it, or in anyway inhibit the procurement of Will. Will should be free and easily accessible (via downloads, Apps, or given out at old "brick & mortar" stores).
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We make our choices based on chemical impulses. Chemicals in your brain tell you to do things. Like if you don't want to work today it's just some chemical in your brain reacting in some way. Doesn't mean it's always the best choice though.

But this would be called free will. Free will implies you are free to make choices which you are making choices. The opposite to that would be someone else forcing their will onto you.
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If you are a weak person and let your body and mind control your actions, then no. You must have self dicipline to achieve free will, and not let your subconscious criteria control you.

That's more than i can say for myself, i'm realy weak willed.
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A little of both. free will is real.
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yes
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Posted 4/15/13
I believe we act using logic and sometimes passion
"Reason vs Passion"

I think we are free in the sense that when not in danger, we can usually make choices due to free will

but when in danger, our bodies tend to react according to how it will best survive...?
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Free will exists to an extent you are always free to make your own choices, however most choices are based upon both chemical and biological factors as well as upbringing, culture, and circumstance.

On another note, everything we perceive is through a chemical reaction within our bodies. Well one of the main reasons why people do drugs is because it alters your perception of reality chemically. This is based both on personal experience and scientific fact. Now how do you know that the world you percieve around you isn't an illusion. It is entirely possible that the government could in fact be pumping hollucinigenics into us. They control our food, water, and air supply. Think about it

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At what point exactly does a self-replicating chemical process develop a "will"? Given time, the laws of physics necessitate that energy becomes diffused in increasingly complex forms, hence the formation of multicellular organisms and eventually, consciousness (and what we think of as free will). However the nature of consciousness itself is subjective and still highly disputed in the world of neuroscience.

Now, if you wanted to, you could try to say that will is an expression of the sums of one's drives, thus suggesting that cats, dogs, guinea pigs, etc. have wills as well as humans, but then comes the question of freedom. If the will is defined simply as the sum of one's drives and those drives are determined (as they likely are) by solely one's genetics and the outside influences of the world up until any given moment, then there is little doubt that no such 'will' could be considered free by any definition of the word.

The question then becomes whether or not we are able, as thinking beings, to overcome such basic drives and impulses and be the conscious shapers of this world; however, this leads to a chicken-egg situation as we can't be sure the world itself has shaped these desires to have free will and to shape the world or if the frustration of becoming sentient in an uncaring world has led us to choose (freely) to remake it in an anomalous act. This leads further to the question of whether we chose to become more intelligent as a species consciously or whether we simply had to to survive. Based on the course of the vast majority of known evolutionary history, it would be entirely unprecedented and therefore next to impossible for us to have chosen to become sentient. Free will itself is therefore neither freely chosen nor given and as such can hardly be regarded as free.

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Posted 4/15/13

trinkit wrote:

My free will is constantly evolving, based on my ever-changing needs, which are always situational, with variables well beyond my conscious understanding. But it is always directed towards my emotional self-interest. In that respect, I am no different than any other living creature, sentient or otherwise. What separates me, is that my moral compass won't allow me to go beyond ethical standards that our culture and environment will tolerate.


Other animals have cultural norms and ethics. Awareness of what is happening doesn't make much of a difference, except that it causes us to act morally with a perspective that can predict farther into the future by weighing more variables than most animals.
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yes i believe in free will. although sometimes we might rely on both it still equals to our free will cus both have a say in it and its up to u to act upon it.i think that we act and make our own choices but i think chemical factor do help in making our choice become more clear i believe it just induces or should i say increases the help of make the decision of what we have already decided much clearer. its like if we already decided but are a bit on the fence in taking that action to fully convince that its truly right. i think thats when our chemical factors step in in giving us that boost to say "yeah we support ur decision" .i dont really think that biological factors play a role in this well to a degree yeah i think its weather ur born with a sound mind or a mind that is of a child. although even if ur brain is not fully functioned as it should be u still have choices that u can make unless u cannot move physically. then u must rely on others. but i still believe that even with a not fully functioned brain, u have thoughts and reason to choose (that u wish to act upon ) although u cannot express them and make the choices due to the lack of body movement. but they are still there even a baby has thoughts although they cant communicate well to say them. so yeah u always have a choice weather to think ,express it or just speak them there their.
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heyitsthatguy wrote:

It is my free will to make all my decisions using a magic 8-ball.


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Posted 5/12/13
Strongly believe in freewill. Simply because, we can decide anything what to do with our lives, and what we do on a daily basis. We have all the choices to make in this world and it`s infinite and we can choose ANYTHING. Therefore, there is such thing as a freewill.

Even though some people use their freewill to enslave their minds (which is so stupid) that is still an option. You can use your freewill to be a free person without being a prison of your own mind.
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