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March 28, 2019
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I think there is limited free will. We are all born in a certain context that can define who we are. If I'm born in the favelas of Brasil, the chances are slim that I will become the next astronaut to go to the ISS. But I still think that's what it is: chance, or probability. I dont believe in destiny, which means I must adhere to some kind of free will theory. My theory is that our circumstances of birth and youth carve a path for us, but we can choose to tread elsewhere. Out of millions of people in a given situation, there will always be one that does something different, and history has plenty of evidence to the fact. So we can either choose to follow the path, or take chances and fight for a different outcome. IF that's not at least partial free will, then Im not sure what is.

March 15, 2019
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Yes, there is free will. Our ability to access it depends largely on our ability to elevate our awareness to see and understand what influences our thinking.

March 12, 2019
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How much of our choices are free of outside influence? What is freedom? What responsibility do we have toward our actions?

(the most recent answers are at the top)
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Is there free will?

Yes, but not as we commonly think about it. There is our individual "micro" free will, that each human feels as their autonomy. But as each human is just a splinter of God, this free will is an illusion. Then there is the "macro" free will of God, the grand plan, played out through all of us.

October 19, 2019
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Is there free will?

Free will bounded by likeness to The Original Essence of Measure. Any will that doesnt match The Original Essence of Measure leads to pain and then to death.

July 20, 2019
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Is there free will?

I think there is limited free will. We are all born in a certain context that can define who we are. If I'm born in the favelas of Brasil, the chances are slim that I will become the next astronaut to go to the ISS. But I still think that's what it is: chance, or probability. I dont believe in destiny, which means I must adhere to some kind of free will theory. My theory is that our circumstances of birth and youth carve a path for us, but we can choose to tread elsewhere. Out of millions of people in a given situation, there will always be one that does something different, and history has plenty of evidence to the fact. So we can either choose to follow the path, or take chances and fight for a different outcome. IF that's not at least partial free will, then Im not sure what is.

March 15, 2019
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Is there free will?

Yes, there is free will. Our ability to access it depends largely on our ability to elevate our awareness to see and understand what influences our thinking.

March 12, 2019
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Is there free will?

No, but it's fun to think about.

March 12, 2019
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Is there free will?

Yes but I'm exploring the idea that everything was already written from the beginning of time.

March 12, 2019
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Is there free will?

There is free will and it is constrained by social contexts. With the exception of those with mental health problems or whose social situations (privilege or deprivation) have profoundly damaged them, humans are socialized to take responsibility for our actions and we should.

February 11, 2019
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Is there free will?

It seems so. We may be subject to influences from outside forces, though it seems decisions are ours to make.

February 6, 2019
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Is there free will?

Determinism is such a complex web that we have the appearance of free will. So at an individual level, we do have "choices", but ultimately given the same exact situation we would "choose" the same thing every time. This is a liberating concept instead of the classic "than why even try". We are still the people we are and our lives matter as a sample of one and because we can't even begin to fathom the inputs into our formula it is a fun ride that no one can ever totally predict. The one caveat, is that of chance (at the theoretical level). If for example I choose between two majors (real life example) by flipping a coin I have still have made the determined choice to leave my life in the hands of a coin. Would my life have been different, yes, but I would have made the choice to flip the coin every time. From there I simply moved from one life path to an alternate one and then continued to react to the situations placed in front of me.

February 26, 2019
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Is there free will?

Yes, but within the boundaries of fate.

January 4, 2019
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Is there free will?

It sure as hell feels like it. But we are just a ping pong ball, dropped into a sea of billions of other ping pong balls and mouse traps. We are at the forefront of our trajectory, so it feels like decision-making. But we are simply a product of where we are dropped and what we bounce off of.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Nope, only circumstances in space and time.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. The universe exists because of free will.

December 12, 2018
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Is there free will?

Of course. If there is no free will, there is no POINT. And I can't stomach the idea that none of this has a point.

December 10, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, but it's not what we think. As the source energy animates our hardware (our bodies) in a unique place and time, that source energy manifests into a life, a personality, decisions, emotions. But it's all driven by the source energy. IT has free will, not US. Because, really, there is no us.

December 10, 2018
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Is there free will?

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

July 24, 2018
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Is there free will?

Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose.

July 24, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. Otherwise, I couldn't decide to write this.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

I say that man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet he is nevertheless a liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does. Man is responsible for his passion.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, but only in the sense that through attainment of true freedom, all spontaneous thought and action is rooted in harmony with the cosmic.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

If there is good and evil, the free will is necessary to choose between them.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please - they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Nope, it's all based on society.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

In as much as our brains and internal algorithms allow.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, and it exists in accordance with dharma or moral obligation/ individual purpose.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

It was, until donuts were created.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Only to the extent you believe you will be punished, or rewarded, for the things you do.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

I am not very impressed with theological arguments whatever they may be used to support. Such arguments have often been found unsatisfactory in the past.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. Small but useful in the right place. Think fulcrum.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

If there is, I would expect to find a proof of it in another species. Isn't it merely an ability or preference to choose one might display in their behaviour? Most humans I know prefer not to choose upon reflection.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

The longer I live, I think not so much. But yes, in small doses.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

By purest definition free will does exist but it is not a possibility for anything that must take variables outside itself into account when it makes a choice.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. But it lacks objectivity.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. Original ideas cannot be programed into the human mind. Regardless of mental pull, chemical preferences can be overcome.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

There is only free will because all limits are invented and illusory. Every moment is a free choice throughout time.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, it exists, but there are limitations on this plane at certain times that can restrain free will.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Humans are social beings from the very beginning and it is the very reason that we have been able to evolve to this point. Free will is the product growing out of social oppression and cultural constraint.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes and no. From personal experience it seems like this is obvious, but from intuition I say maybe. I have had dreams about events that happened in the future so does this mean that everything is possibly predestined?

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Hazrat Ali said, you can raise your one leg, thats your free will, limitation is the inability to raise the other.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, unless there's a piece of chocolate in front of me. 

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Order which allows us to function.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, I believe that we have alternative states to choose from but I also think very little of what we do comes from our conscious free will. I do not think we are like rocks falling off the face of a cliff due to erosion.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

As long as you are capable of freeing your mind of constraints. But that's unlikely, so, probably not.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Necessary and useful idea if we want talk good and evil. And we need to. So, sure there is.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, but it's not completely free.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Definitely, actions are not predetermined.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Absolutely, but by who or what supernatural force grants us this ability remains unknown.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Willpower costs energy, so no its not free.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Of course. Don't be silly. That is the whole POINT of being human.

July 9, 2018
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Is there free will?

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end-It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

January 15, 2017
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Is there free will?

Our POV--Yes, we have free will. But to an observer outside linear time--To them our lives would appear to exist at all times at once--Therefore, we have free will, but it is an illusion. Can we make a difference--Yes, but it's not up to us.

January 15, 2017
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Is there free will?

As I have built my world, I am responsible for it and for my actions, even if sometimes I don't know what I am doing. I feel that I have many freedoms, but in the same time I realize that I am a part of the cosmic interdependent web of causality.

January 15, 2017
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Is there free will?

Man has his own inclinations and a natural will which, in his actions, by means of his free choice, he follows and directs.

March 1, 2017
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Is there free will?

Yes. The lack of free will implies destiny. Destiny implies intelligent design. Intelligent design implies a god playing with action figures. Some sort of god may have created us, and even watching us, but I don't think he's a puppet master.

January 15, 2017
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Is there free will?

Yes- private zone of undetermination

March 1, 2017
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Is there free will?

There is free will and it is constrained by social contexts. With the exception of those with mental health problems or whose social situations (privilege or deprivation) have profoundly damaged them, humans are socialized to take responsibility for our actions and we should.

February 11, 2019
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Is there free will?

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

July 24, 2018
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Is there free will?

I say that man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet he is nevertheless a liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does. Man is responsible for his passion.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, but only in the sense that through attainment of true freedom, all spontaneous thought and action is rooted in harmony with the cosmic.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. But it lacks objectivity.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

There is only free will because all limits are invented and illusory. Every moment is a free choice throughout time.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, I believe that we have alternative states to choose from but I also think very little of what we do comes from our conscious free will. I do not think we are like rocks falling off the face of a cliff due to erosion.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose.

July 24, 2018
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Is there free will?

Humans are social beings from the very beginning and it is the very reason that we have been able to evolve to this point. Free will is the product growing out of social oppression and cultural constraint.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Necessary and useful idea if we want talk good and evil. And we need to. So, sure there is.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, but it's not what we think. As the source energy animates our hardware (our bodies) in a unique place and time, that source energy manifests into a life, a personality, decisions, emotions. But it's all driven by the source energy. IT has free will, not US. Because, really, there is no us.

December 10, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes. Otherwise, I couldn't decide to write this.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Hazrat Ali said, you can raise your one leg, thats your free will, limitation is the inability to raise the other.

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Yes, unless there's a piece of chocolate in front of me. 

July 13, 2018
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Is there free will?

Of course. Don't be silly. That is the whole POINT of being human.

July 9, 2018
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Is there free will?

It sure as hell feels like it. But we are just a ping pong ball, dropped into a sea of billions of other ping pong balls and mouse traps. We are at the forefront of our trajectory, so it feels like decision-making. But we are simply a product of where we are dropped and what we bounce off of.

July 15, 2018
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Is there free will?

Nope, it's all based on society.

July 14, 2018
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Is there free will?

Our POV--Yes, we have free will. But to an observer outside linear time--To them our lives would appear to exist at all times at once--Therefore, we have free will, but it is an illusion. Can we make a difference--Yes, but it's not up to us.

January 15, 2017