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Do you believe in free will?
Posted 7/2/13
Humans do have free will, but it's restricted by primitive instincts and biological functions.

Humans have the free will to question their own existence, and to go against certain things like hunger, thirst.

But ultimately, they are driven by primitive instincts, such as sexual attraction, humans can never decide for themselves to change their sexual attraction or decide when they're going to get hungry.
Therefore their free will is limited in this aspect.



In conclusion, yes humans do have free will, but it is restricted, it is not an unrestricted form of free will.
And just because they have free will doesn't prove that any higher being exists.
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Posted 7/2/13
Probably not, but really, I don't have enough info to decide one way or the other. Further, it doesn't really matter at all. If I don't have free will, then I keep acting the same way (or alternatively, I don't have a choice). If I do have free will, then I keep acting the same way (or alternatively, I've chosen to act the way I've been acting, so there's no reason to change). So, being that my more central belief is that I will probably never have the required information to decide, and the result is un-affective of my decisions, I don't really care anymore.
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Posted 7/2/13
yes totally. It can be be altered tho
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Posted 7/2/13

Feia20032 wrote:

The fact that you made a choice is free will... No one told you to choose it. Biological and what not will influence your choice based on your personality and beliefs... But ultimately you picked it..


RIGHT HERE YALL
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Posted 7/5/13

Humans have free will, we make our on decisions for our own outcomes, but we're naturally hard wired to survive and reproduce.

However, because of our free will we a slowly over riding these basic natures. For example: people are taking longer to reporduce. Before having children early in life was the main goal, but now a days it isn't uncommon to wait until you're in your 30's to settle down and have your family. Sure, we're still technically abiding nature and creating off spring, but we're doing it alot slower. Hell, more couples now a days are opting to NOT have children; this is totally ignoring the primal instinct to have babies.

People have free will, but instincts drive them down a certain path- but a developing race, a developing society, changes things and opens up even MORE options for your free will.

So yeah, we all have a free will to act upon. It just depends if you plan on letting things, like society norms, hold you back.
Posted 7/5/13
I'm sure my will fell from the sky.
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Posted 7/5/13
if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice
Posted 7/5/13
It's becoming sickening.
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Posted 7/5/13
The OP has pitted these terms kind of incongruently (is comparing apples to oranges). We usually see free will vs divine plan; and whether or not conciousness is something beyond biochemical signals in the brain (in other words, whether or not a soul exists in sentient creatures)

otherwise, this.

Ama_no_Kagaseo wrote:

I think it's naive to believe one way or another.

We act on free will based on chemical impulses. We decide what is in our best interest at that point based on sensory feedback... ... .. . . . .. *moredrowsyramblings*

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Posted 7/5/13
Do we have free will? Of course we do, It's more complicated than a straight yes or no answer of course, We are indeed guided and governed by chemical reactions and our ability to make decisions are heavily impacted by changes to this make up. But take twins for example, identical ones. They still develop into their own person, unique in many ways regardless of being raised in the same environment and having the same initial genetic composition. We are complex!

No I'm not religious, and saying you have free will based on religious beliefs makes me question whether you've ever actually read the bible. as it contradicts it self flat out in every way regarding humans and free will/choice.
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Posted 7/5/13
Free will is an illusion.

Your freedom of choice is limited by what you know. What you know is limited by your circumstances. Proof over.
Posted 7/5/13

FacelessRed wrote:

No I'm not religious, and saying you have free will based on religious beliefs makes me question whether you've ever actually read the bible. as it contradicts it self flat out in every way regarding humans and free will/choice.


Because the Bible is the only holy book in existence?
Posted 7/5/13
Yes, I do. Anybody that has been fooled into thinking that there is no such thing as free will is a slave to their own mind and to the governing elites of the world.
Posted 7/5/13
I would say both. As humans, we all naturally have a physical and emotional drive to do something. Whether it's sex or behaving a certain way.

But the choices we make are all based on free will. We can control our behavior and sex drive. We won't just start humping each other in public.
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Posted 7/5/13
If there is no free will, then we were programmed to kill, rape and torture each other. Therefore doing the aforementioned isn't bad, but the will of whatever force you believe in and we could save a lot of money by closing down all the prisons, police forces, ect.

Btw, all will is free. Will being able to take actions based on one's own desire. If you were programmed to do something, then there is no will involved. Saying free will is like saying free gift.
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Posted 7/7/13

mentalese wrote:


FacelessRed wrote:

No I'm not religious, and saying you have free will based on religious beliefs makes me question whether you've ever actually read the bible. as it contradicts it self flat out in every way regarding humans and free will/choice.


Because the Bible is the only holy book in existence?


Most notable example, and easily recognized I can give, and also would be unfair if I used other examples with less specific knowledge of the text, though the "big" ones are all based off of the old testament.
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