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jordantask t1_j1ymjb9 wrote

Of course there is free will. As a product of my prior history, my “prior causes” as you put it make me often want to do things that I shouldn’t do, but I don’t do them as a conscious decision on my part.

If I acted on my impulses I’d have been in prison for a very long time.

The proof of free will lies not in doing what you want to do, but in the choice not to.


CryptoTrader1024 OP t1_j1ypr7l wrote

this mistakes the idea of determinism with low impulse control, which is nonsense. The whole point is that your 'conscious decision' itself is determined by prior causes. You merely have an illusion of choices and an illusion of choosing.