Do People Really Have Free Will Essay

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Do people really have free will? Toshia Perry Axia College Slide 2 What exactly is free will? Speaker notes: It is the ability for a person to determine some or all of his actions. Some consider free will to be its own cause. Some consider free will to be independent of any other causation, predestination, or predetermination by any other person, event, or stimulus. Of course, this does not make sense since a person is free to do as he/she wants but what he/she wants can only be consistent with his own nature. I propose that free will involves four aspects: Conception, Desire, Choice, and Accomplishment. Conception leads to desire which leads to choice which leads to accomplishing that choice. Slide 3 Who determines …show more content…
This is a currently expanding area of psychology, biology and philosophy so I don't think all of the best evidence is in yet - give it 50 years and we should know more. Slide 5 Misconceptions of free will. Speaker notes: The question concerning a free will shouldn't be whether we have one, it should be whether such a thing is possible. We must ask ourselves, "Free from what?" A mind free from all motivating factors would have nothing to base decisions upon. There is just no such thing as an uncaused choice. Many people, religious and secular alike, wonder if cause and effect ultimately means that everything in the universe including human behavior is predestined, bound to happen, or predetermined. We are not made to do things by cause and effect -- we are PART of cause and effect -- we make ourselves do things. The cause and effect that goes on in our minds is what constitutes self, and our particular cause-effect process is manifestly different from what we normally think of cause and effect. We remember our past, and direct our actions to bring about specific results to satisfy feelings of need and desire -- something random causality cannot do. Slide 6 Is freedom of speech part of free will? Slide 7 How much free will do we need? Speaker notes: With so many choices in our world to choose from I would say that we have as much free will as we will need. We get to choose from what brand of

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