If I read a book, I'm going to have to stop reading it eventually for one reason or another. Something like this is inevitable to happen and I can't do much to change it, but the time that I choose to finally stop is up to me.
There is no free will. However, the world is complex and governed by natural laws. It's incredibly difficult to model every single happenstance in the universe to definitively predict the future, yet we often do to a lesser degree. Even human behaviour.
We all react automatically to stimuli. We don't choose so much of what we do. Why did I look right? I dunno, I just did. Why did I scratch my back? Because I was conscious about it earlier and decided not to. Why did I do that? Hell if I know; to make a point about free will, I guess. Which is why I scratched my back without thinking just before because that point slipped from my mind and I just reacted to stimuli. And it felt great, so I'd do it again.
We have no free will, but our ability to think and be aware of so many things can make our choices so unpredictable to both other humans and ourselves, that free will feels real. Simply because we're so often not conscious of so many things our own bodies do. We make choices all the time, but we have no choice in the matter. Like then, I rested my chin on my hand. I chose to do that automatically... but it wasn't a conscious decision.
I don't know. I think we have free will because we do have the ability to make choices free of coercion and some self-determination. I think we don't have free will, because we able to speak of how humans generally behave, and there are always factors influencing and limiting the kind of choices we make. I tend to take the pragmatic view that free will is a useful concept, even if it's an illusion (or simply not the whole truth).
If you want to take a more scientific tact, there have been studies that people show more ability to improve when they believe intelligence is malleable, rather than fixed: [link] I think this behavior might also be related to stereotype threat, i.e.: [link]
sorry for second post, but the great thing about it is that the above statement works on a serious level too. So much of human civilization is built on the assumption that humans have free will. If it didn't exist so many things would just collapse. Government, law, all of that would go out the window (why have a governing body if you are already locked in to your every action, how can you justify prison and execution if a person only did what he was destined to do, ect.) All of society is deeply invested in the notion that free will is a thing. But that doesn't actually guarantee that it is.
I'm a hard determinist. Free will is an illusion and there's no such thing as truly random: what looks random only has a hidden cause. Even in quantum mechanics it's not random, we just don't see the cause because time is tri-dimensional at that level.
It means the minute angles, air pressure, trajectory, etc caused the penny to land as tails. Not random. But if you mean is the result connected a decision made by penny toss, eg was Steve meant to pay the bill, yes but not in a magic "power of fate" way, in a you chose to let the penny flipping mechanics decide way. Our "choices" in turn are caused by mechanics of their own, mainly genes and environment.
Machine-IntellectualFeatured By OwnerNov 5, 2012Hobbyist Writer
It's only logical to assume so, nothing's stopping me from killing myself, or from doing whatever else I want. There is no force telling me to do something, and if you hear some voice telling you to do something then you're insane. Now as for everything else being predetermined, that's a different story and if you were to ask me I don't believe that either. But, if that were in fact true then free will has a key role in it. But wait there's more! That leaves a contradiction, if everything is predetermined, then why not sit back and let what happens happen? Because, then it won't happen, so yes humans have free will and nothing is predetermined.