Debate: Free Will V. Determinism
A topic anyone who mingles here will no doubt have experience with, I ask you to revisit this battleground to hash out your argument for free will, determinism, or the crossbreeds thereof (if you are going to go with one of the lesser known hybrids/independents, please define it for those who are not away of its stance).
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Who is to say some higher being such as god did not create everything and like an experiment it played out well. Who is to say he did not create the earth and life and he set it so that creatures would evolve. he could have set up certain parameters and with that the ball was sent rolling. So free will could exist in a world created by another if the experiment functions. The being may have set the ball rolling, or the earth spinning, but ultimately left it alone to observe and we have had free reign over this world only limited by the parameters set, but those parameters are just the functions of the earth and weather and so on. so just the basic of our own lifes that we except as science anyway.
Even if determinism is true, and our past does determine our future or we are “pre-programmed”, that doesn’t mean we lose our self control. Like a space probe.. we program it, but then it goes on to do it’s own thing, in a way, based on it’s environment. And even if every point on life’s path is determined by prior events and brain events, part of what makes these determined events happen is YOUR thoughts and actions.. Proving that all it is, is you making a decision (cause), and it’s outcome (effect). We’re free in deciding but not so free in what outcome this decision brings upon us. I dunno, our sense of freedom is pretty inescapable and it’s all we really need, if you wanna do something, you can do it! Nothings holding you back, not even “determinism”. Just gotta be smart and know that there are consequences to your actions.. think before ya do shit.