Free Will VS Determinism

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  • It is quite clear to me that what humans do in their lives, how they choose to act, determines their apparent qualities.
  • I believe it is obvious that mental processes are not at all spontaneous, but are determined by unconscious or pre-existing complexes.
  • You surely must see that humans are not objects to be used by God or a society, as they are not individuals to be adjusted and formed into specific roles, only to be a father, mother, or a worker. People must look deeper than their roles to find themselves.
  • You must take into account that people have no measure of control in the previous configuration of the universe or in the laws that govern the universe, which makes them incapable of controlling the future state of the universe and denies them from making true, free decisions, including determining who they are.
  • We all have choices; I am my choices, for I cannot not choose. If I do not choose that is still a choice. If we are faced with inescapable circumstances, we still choose how we are in the specific state.
  • To prove one has free will, one would have to demonstrate the effect they have on the universe's state before their decision is made and the laws that govern transitions to the next state (after the decision is made).
  • Since one cannot prove their impact on the two levers of control, they are kept within the natural outcome cycle of pre-existing state and physical law resulting in the outcomes.
  • Nevertheless, look at the responsibility that exists within each one of us. Everyone is responsible for all of their actions and thoughts. If we seek advice from others we select our consultant with some sort of idea of what they will recommend.
  • The brain contains an intricate system of neurons, and scientists have determined that the networks are shaped by both genes and the environment. The firing of neurons also determines all of our thoughts and changes in brain chemistry can alter behaviour, for example alcohol's effects on the mind.
  • We are also responsible in making ourselves who we are; our actions defining different versions of us. This enables us to draw a different portrait of ourselves at any given moment, through a change in our way of being.
  • I suppose so, but I do believe if we understood any individual's brain architecture and chemistry well enough, we could accurately predict their reaction to any given stimulus. Neuroscience demonstrates that the firing of neurons causes our deeds and thoughts in an unbroken chain, stretching to our birth and beyond. To truly delve into the truths behind free will or determinism one must study what constitutes a person as a person.
  • This is no excuse, just as passion is not a justification for certain actions. "I was overwhelmed by strong emotions and couldn't help myself" is not credible rationalization, as despite one's feelings, they choose how to express them in action.
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