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Do we have free will ?
Philosophy

james67
Jun 21, 2011
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No, we are utterly subject to causality which influences our behaviour and thoughts


matt1989
Jun 22, 2011
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What about our actions being determined by chemical reactions in our brain? then technically the quantum mechanics that explain the double slit experiment would also be able to explain the complex processes in our brains, determine our reactions and realize that we would come up with quantum mechanics and conduct the double slit experiment.

 
matt1989
Jun 22, 2011
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Rebuttal to: marcopolo Show

Technically yes. I was just hoping that someone with enough brain cells would read it and maybe actually rebuttle me in a constructive manner and we could talk about chemical reactions in your brain and whether we actually have free will or not. Guess that was too much to ask eh?

 
cnyearry
Jun 22, 2011
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I'm going to throw out my random thoughts about us NOT having free will. Just ponder it over. First, I'm presupposing that God is alive and created everything. He created our personalities, what we laugh at, our likes and dislikes. We have an immediate bias against and toward different things. He also placed us into our circumstances, our family and home situation. The people we are around influence and shape who we become. God knows the exact equation to what will make us accept Him and what will make us reject Him. Our personality and circumstances are the two things that make us who we are, and God decides BOTH of those. So how exactly do we have free will if God set everything up? Maybe we get to decide what kind of pizza we want to eat, but in the grand scheme of things, we didn't actually decide what we like and don't like. God decided that for us, so in turn we don't actually have free will. We are not a blank slate when we are born I guess is what I'm saying.

 
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Yes, we have free will


summit
Jun 21, 2011
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Saying that we have no free will and are subject to deteminism alone is a pointless statement. And, it has been disproved more than fifty years ago, by science nonetheless. If you take a shallow look at the principles of quantum mechanics you'll see that humans have an impact on the universe, more directly, humans actually change the universe, instead of the other way around. The double slit experiment, created to study light's behavior, inadvertedly presented the fact that a man's actions change how the universe behaves. Whether or not the scientist would observe the experiment would affect what type of answer would result. The universe changed as a result of our existence. And yet it is said we are obsolete.

 
summit
Jun 22, 2011
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Rebuttal to: venuseveruvet Show

You and skiingfool (which I think is a very accurate title) are mistaking free will for democracy. Don't worry, everyone makes mistakes.

 
marcopolo
Jun 22, 2011
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Doesn't asking the question presume that we do? Maybe god made you ask the question on here and that is why you were born. Now that your mission is complete are you going to die or are there other dumbass questions on the horizon that god wants you to ask

 


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