Free Will?

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    Do we really have any free will? All of our decisions are influenced by our environment and surroundings- thus not 'free'. Even though we make a choice out of several choices it doesn't mean that it was a completely objective, or 'free' choice. In fact, you could easily make the argument it is impossible to reach an objective point of view.

    I think it's really hard to explain, but I hope you guys get my point.

    Discuss.
     
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    Decisions are made from the collection of past experiences or knowledge. Your free to decide for good, bad or somewhere in between, so what's the problem?

    An true objective point of view would be strictly the facts and therefore not really a point of view.
     
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    who decides what those pesky facts are ?
     
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    But how do we decide what is 'good bad or somewhere in between'? Its because of your surroundings. If you were raised in a completely different way your views of good and bad would be completely skewed from what they are now.
     
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    Free Will... Smith
     
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    Free Will......y
     
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    Interesting theory, but I disagree.

    If our choices were only influenced by our environment and surroundings, wouldn't we make choices based on the least inconvenient (AKA easiest) course of action?
     
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    I just took a deep breath.

    No one told me to do it.
     
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    it's a conspiracy can't you see!!!
     
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    This is why a foundation of Christian belief is important in my opinion.

    Not that you have to join an organized religion but that the concepts of good and evil provoke thought and the possibility of being part something greater than self.
     

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