We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Do you have 'free will'?
Not if you don't want to.
Ralph Thayer, New London
The speaker rather begs the question here, asserting that there is mind which is not completely overlapped by brain. So while I agree with him, he doesn't really add much to the discussion, other than expressiveness.
The antidualists believe they are consistently eroding belief in an independent free will, claiming county after county of our minds, now under the flag of brain and thus, dependent. The problem with their endgame is that events in the real world are so unpredictable - so chancey, complex, and volatile - that it doesn't take but a small amount of free will to create wildly different lives. There is a sensitive dependence on conditions at each point in human time. If you decide on a whim to drive the mountain road rather than the valley road, the outcomes might be identical, or it may change your life forever.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Yes...otherwise we're just Meat Puppets. And free will sounds like a better choice then Meat Puppet.
Do not argue with your brain about whether or not your mind is free. The human brain does not completely contain the human mind, as any great athlete, combat soldier, or meditating yogi guarantees. Remember, the body has a mind of its own.
Everybody has had the experience of the body shouldering aside the mind to get something done FAST NOW, like avoiding a fall, right? That is by definition "freedom of the will" exploding into action. And since the brain cannot contain the body's spontaneity, the brain cannot naturally, normally, or healthily decide free will does not exist.
Old Zen saying: "If you work on your mind with your mind, how can you avoid a terrible confusion?"
If there is no freewill, functionally, the fact is obscured in the evolution of the human psyche; no matter the position on the issue, most people continue to feel guilt for acts construed to be transgressive, signifying personal responsibility. More besides, regardless of our conclusion on the matter, we still have to decide whether we want to buy brand A toothpaste or brand B, and which socks to put on in the morning.
Me? I believe in freewill, though that decision may have been made for me.