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Posted 1/20/14 , edited 1/20/14
I do not.
I do not believe people make choices let alone choose to think the way they do.
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Yes, I subscribe to freewill. There are some limitations....like the part of being born. Didn't have much say in that. But the rest is up to me. I am not a puppet.
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i believe in free will. i see lots of people act differently than from their families.
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Yeah I believe so, Free will is good and bad for me religiously.
The power of free will in the hands of everyone is good and bad.
We get to decide to make choices that benefit us. But people use free-will in horrible ways thats how people are killed,rapped,robbed and other bad things.
Free will collides so often that it leads to Great friends,Good Coincidences, Love, Hate, Wrong Choices, Worst Situation, Death, Killing, and etc.
Only bad things are some of the only things really focused on because they were not meant to happen and we expect it to never happen.
Someone can go around helping people through his whole life but once he accidentaly does something horribly. People will look down upon him depending on what he/she did though.

The power of free-will makes people hate their religion,love their life, love religion, love who they are, love others and etc.

Free Will: 50/50
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Our free will is our super-ego. Our chemical impulses are our Id. Our ego mediates between the two to make decisions.
The Id, ego, and super-ego. This is part of Freud's structural model.
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Do you believe that you asked if other people believe in free will? Was it you believing that you made that choice consciously to ask the question or were you for some unbeknownst reason driven by biochemical responses (and/or religious figureheads) to pose it to other people? Let me know when you find out.

That aside, free will is here. People who claim otherwise are just looking for escape from the decisions they themselves have chosen. Cowards.
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I'm just not sure...

I mean, I'm certain free will exists, but whether or not someone's will is strong enough to overcome fate (the weight of the world, God's plan for people, whatever you want to call it) is what I'm really not sure about. Whether it serves a purpose beyond choosing breakfast is what I'm uncertain about.
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Genbu89 wrote:

I'm just not sure...

I mean, I'm certain free will exists, but whether or not someone's will is strong enough to overcome fate (the weight of the world, God's plan for people, whatever you want to call it) is what I'm really not sure about. Whether it serves a purpose beyond choosing breakfast is what I'm uncertain about.


Fate is something that is inevitable. Take death for instance. We all are fated to die someday and we all can only have one life. We can't change that no matter how strong our will to live is, but at the very least, we can choose how we will live our lives until then. This is the extent of free will.
Posted 1/21/14
"I do what I want just the way I like it" o-o
LOL, not really...

I don't think it's free will. I think it's a mixture of instinct, impulse, knowledge from the past etc...
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I honestly don't know. I'm in between positions at the moment.

A part of me wants to subscribe to the idea that we are capable of choosing, but that our choices are predetermined (either in the sense of natural determinism or supernatural predestination - whichever floats your boat. I could argue for either if I didn't believe in the other).

My views are fluctuating and are subject to change. But for what I believe right now, the best way to describe it would be as follows -

We possess free will, but if time were to reset we could never make a different choice. Its hard to describe and I don't feel like explaining the idea in depth when i'm not even sure of it myself.

Also, I said that I could argue either for naturalistic determinism or supernatural predestination depending on my mood, but i'm heavily inclined against naturalistic determinism. In other words, I don't think that you could perfectly reproduce an individuals life choices even if you had complete control over a naturalistic universe. But that's getting into something altogether different which I also don't feel like discussing...
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my response....I'll phrase it with a short story...

At work, people often say phrases like "You have to clean that", "you have to stay late", "you can't take a break". My response to those or any other similar statements is: I don't have to do/not do, anything. I choose to. I can walk out right now and you saying I can't, won't stop me. Would I be out of a job? Probably, but I can still make that choice."


spinningtoehold0 wrote:

Fate is something that is inevitable. Take death for instance. We all are fated to die someday and we all can only have one life. We can't change that no matter how strong our will to live is, but at the very least, we can choose how we will live our lives until then. This is the extent of free will.


I plan to live forever. :3 Even if science doesn't solve the problem of not being able to upload our brains into cybernetic bodies before I die, my own religion will keep me alive, and give me etheral powers. *sage nod* I'm covered either way!
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Posted 1/21/14
Of course. Free will is quite evident in all that we do and in the gravest of decisions. Denying that seems like a ploy to escape responsibility.
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