Originally posted by TheBandit795
At least in the way we define free will: The act of consciously making decisions. That doesn't exist in the way we think it to be.
edit on 2-5-2013 by TheBandit795 because: (no reason given)
People have free will. But, they don't use it. It's true, most of our actions are just habit and ritual. Another chunk of it results from influence
from others. Everyone wants to control our free will. Sometimes when we think we're acting out of our own free will, like picking up that cigarette
to grab a smoke, it's really the response to a subliminally implanted message from some crafty tobacco corporation introduced to our subconscious
through crafty advertising, that we're really responding to, an unexplained "urge" to smoke. We feel free, when the urge comes, and everyone says
it's bad for you, we say we know, buy we're exercising our free will, and do it anyway.
Somehow, to feel free, man has to be doing something contrary to someone's opinion. That's when we really feel free. You know, the speed limit sign
says "Limit 50 mph" and we floor the accelerator and hit "90 mph". That's freedom. It's possible to build cars that can't exceed "50 mph".
But, they don't do this, because then people wouldn't "feel free" anymore.
So, the psychological thing about "free will", is that it always must involve some contrary and antagonistic elements in practice.
If there's only one way to do a thing, there's no possibility of free will. There must be more than one alternative, some good and some bad, and our
ability to "pick the bad one" is our evidence of free will.
This leads to an interesting situation. If you want people to cross the river. There's a method to achieve this. First, tell them that "freedom" is
a good thing, then advise them that they have "free will." Then, finally, tell them it is "bad" to cross the river, and they shouldn't do it.
That's how the tobacco industry gets people to smoke.