Are We Free

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One of the greatest questions the human race has ever tried to answer was that of fate and free will. Do we have control on our life? We are so attached to it but does it really exist? Do we have the possibility to make our own choices or do we follow a predetermined path? I believe that the existence of free will mainly depends on many factors. First and foremost is how we define free will. I think it is the ability to choose any possible course of action without earlier determination by divine or physical forces. one of the major argument that can be made about this definition is the so called “Standard Argument Against Free Will” which considers determinism and randomness to be the only two logical alternatives. Divided in two parts, it states that if determinism is the case our will is not free, and if randomness is the case will is not under our control and therefore we cannot be held responsible for our actions. Thus it results fundamental in the debate to consider the belief in destiny, karma, God or every other creed that has a deterministic component in it, because free will appears totally incompatible with them. However my conjecture is that the other part of the argument, the one which concerns randomness, does not clash with it. I think that it is true that all events occur at a random moment in a random way but what makes the difference in our lives is how we react to these random events. Yet this definition of free will is still not complete. If we consider, for instance, Professor Libet’s experiment we realize that our perception of “making a choice” is wrong. Benjamin Libet was a revolutionary researcher in the field of human consciousness and free will. During one of his experiments he found out that our brains initiate voluntary movements before we are even aware of having decided to move. Obviously this calls into question the efficacy of our…...

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