Everyone possess the ability to make their own choices. I understand that there are situations where an individual may be forced into action, but this does not mean that free will doesn't exist, only that it wasn't exercised in that particular situation. I'd be interested to hear why someone would choose not to believe in free will.
I believe that we do have free will. Most of the opposing arguments refer to laws that regulate our consequences. We still have the free will to do just about anything. We can jump off of a bridge. We can start riots. We can steal and murder people. There are consequences for our actions. The existence of consequences does not disprove free will at all. Also, physical limitations could interfere with free will to an extent. Even then, there are often ways to overcome disabilities to do what you want to. The scientific responses are actually interesting, but I do not believe that the fact that a chemical reaction indicating a choice made beforehand necessarily negates the concept of free will.
To me, if you joined this website, you exercised free will. If you decided on a particular cereal for breakfast this morning, decided how much sugar to put in your coffee, chose to go to work because you want/need money (technically, this IS a free choice), or decided to buy a cat, you have exercised free will.
I have to believe that free will does actually exist. If free will doesn't exist everything in this world is pre-ordained, from who your parents are to how you die and what day you die. This would mean that essentially, no matter what you did, your situation would not change. To me, seeing cause and effect play out over and over again, is a clear sign that free will is part of the human experience.
Yes, I do think that free will exists, and is a very important part of today's society, that we all have, but do not realize we have until it starts to be taken away. The government makes sure that we have this, to ensure we have enough freedom in our lives.
No, free will does not exist. Science has proven that one makes decisions before one is conciously aware that the decision has been made. This shows that decisions are nothing more than chemical responses that occur within the brain, independent of what one might call thought. Thus, free will does not exist.
I do not believe in the term "free will". I do not believe that free will can exist, it is a false term, completely unattainable. The term "free will" denotes the ability to make a choice or decision based solely on ones desire, without any other factors having been taken into consideration. Any choice or decision we make is based on many considerations such as time, money, family ties, and more.
The thought of free will is a mere illusion. We think we have choices and that we're always in control of what we do, but this isn't the case. Where you are right now is a result of millions of happenings since the beginning of time that you had little to no control over.
Because, honestly, it doesn't matter. People are still going to continue living based on the perception of reality they already have. Whether free will does or does not exist will not suddenly create an option for people to uproot and change their reality. Their emotional response may change, and perhaps their perception of how they live will change as well, but ultimately, their reality will stay unchanged. Whether they choose to continue to live in that reality or not is up to them. (Very Matrix-esque, no?)
Our thoughts are nothing more than electrical impulses reacting to the world around them. A brain is exactly like a computer, just really really complex. Just like a computer for every input there is one output in the program. Free will is the ability to make a decision based on your own volition. In reality, however, every single thought could be traced back to mere movement of particles and energy. Theoretically, if one could map out all of these particles and their velocity then using physics one could predict every single thought a person would have.
A persons thoughts and actions are completely dependent on how the particles in the universe bounces around.
A person who has free will would have to be devoid of a physical body.
When you open a refrigerator to get food, you look at all of the choices. You may think that you are choosing to eat the yogurt. But in reality what is happening is that the specific way in which the light comes in through your optic nerve creates a reaction in your brain which releases dopamine to tell your body that you want that. You think you are making a choice, but there never was one. Under the same conditions you will always choose the yogurt. Free will would suggest that under the same conditions your choice would vary. But physics are always in control of your actions.
Much like we would not say that a computer has free will. Technically neither do human beings.
People need to make choices in life. Not all choices are independent of another. And once it comes to making such choices, the decision is difficult, you may have to give up one for another, there may be other factors that come into play. How can everyone if not anyone have actual free will if they must make such decisions in life? Decisions don't magically appear, they exist because people need to assess their options. If we had free will we wouldn't even need to consider other factors, we wouldn't even need to decide - we'd just do. Also, laws and regulations are an example of why nobody has actual free will and why it doesn't exist. Yes, everyone has free will. But nobody has the ability to exercise it without the influence of certain regulations. If everybody had actual free will, society would be in turmoil.
When it comes to making choices, people never stood a chance. First of all, there are laws and rules that prevent people from doing whatever they want. Second, there are environmental and physical limits to people in general and specific individuals that prevents them from doing certain things. For example, someone who is paralyzed probably won't be able to play guitar how they wanted. Also, technically, we can trace every decision we make back to an outside influence. This includes media exposure, how you were raised, where you grew up, who you interact with, etc. Even with the little things such as maybe choosing which drink to order at a restaurant. For example, maybe you pick Coke over Pepsi because you like it better, but really you like it better because maybe your parents or friends drink Coke more often, or you see Coke commercials more often and like them better, etc. There are endless possibilities and explanations, but you get the point. It's just little things like that. Every decision an individual makes can be traced back through cause and effect, no matter how elaborate. Whether you know it or not, there are so many agents that work throughout your life to influence and ultimately decide your future choices.