The Instigator
Romanii
Pro (for)
The Contender
Forever23
Con (against)

Free Will exists

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Started: 7/31/2017 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Debating Period
Viewed: 840 times Debate No: 103349
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Romanii

Pro

"Free Will" is defined as "the capacity to exert conscious control over one's own actions."

Hopefully, that will be enough to avoid having the debate devolve into semantics.

First round for acceptance.
Debate Round No. 1
Romanii

Pro

FRAMEWORK: Every reasonable epistemic framework presumes some basic level of trust in our sensory faculties. Without that trust, we're left with epistemic nihilism -- most if not all knowledge is founded upon our perceptual experience of reality. Unless there's definitive evidence overriding the validity of our perceptions, we have no choice but to assume that those perceptions are accurate reflections of reality.

== Free Will ==

We're all constantly experiencing the existence of our own free will. At this very moment, you can freely, consciously, and intentionally *choose* to avert your eyes away from the screen. Or you can choose to keep reading instead. Con's advocacy claims that no matter what you choose, it was all pre-determined by the mechanistic forces of the universe, and the mental experience you *literally just had* of making the choice was 100% illusory.

But of course, that's nonsensical. Think about every decision you've ever made. You *know* that you made those decisions. You distinctly remember making them. It's something you've done over and over and over again throughout the course of your life. Upon examining the totality of one's perceptual experience, it becomes overwhelmingly self-evident that free will exists. Con needs to come up with some incredibly convincing evidence to refute that perception. Until she does, we should be fully confident in the existence of free will.

I have the entirety of human experience on my side. It's Con's job to show why we should dismiss it all as an illusion.
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19 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 10 records.
Posted by Wylted 11 months ago
Wylted
Nice come back, but if he wanted his c-um back, he would slap your mother in the face so she would spit it back out.
Posted by Forever23 11 months ago
Forever23
False
Posted by Romanii 11 months ago
Romanii
your posts are garbage
Posted by Forever23 11 months ago
Forever23
My forum posts are lovely and my time on DDO limited.
Posted by Wylted 11 months ago
Wylted
Lol
Posted by Romanii 11 months ago
Romanii
you should have spent your DDO time yesterday writing your debate argument, instead of making embarrassingly dumb posts in the forums.
Posted by Wylted 11 months ago
Wylted
Stupid definition. It is about whether you have the ability to control what your intentions are to even start with. The "you" in question is the true self inside your head free of every pre condition and the myriad of physics such as chemical reactions in the brain that control desire.

Romani should have to prove the existence of that "true you" to win, but he gave an unfair definition. Everyone voting should vote against Romanii for bad conduct by applying that definition.
Posted by Wylted 11 months ago
Wylted
This dude just makes up rules as he goes along
Posted by bsh1 11 months ago
bsh1
Wylted, she cannot post arguments which are not her own. If I catch her doing so, she will automatically be disqualified.
Posted by Wylted 11 months ago
Wylted
You are a democrat BSH1. Just look at this as taxing people good at debate to help people who suck at it.

From those according to their abilities, to those according to their needs.
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