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Do we have a self (ego, soul, actor, etc.) that exhibits free will?

After doing a little studying on ego and bundle theories of self, I have come up with two arguments on these topics.

The first argument is pretty simple and supports ego theory of self:
All of my actions, decisions, and desires stem from a nonphysical "experiencer" inside of me. Therefore, I must have free will and I must have a self.

The second argument supports bundle theory:
All of my actions, decisions, and desires are the form of emergent properties of my brain which are manipulated by the environment. In this case, I do not have free will (since the environment is causing my actions and making decisions on my behalf) and thus, I can not have a self.

Which of these arguments do you agree with more and why?

Could these arguments be more refined to give a better understanding of the self and free will?

What might be a more sound argument regarding this issue?


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  • Apr 14 2013: "To thine own self be true"...we have that "inner voice" that guidance system inside us that shows us if we are being true to ourself. If we didn't have a self, nothing in our lives would matter....we would be without direction. Even if you create your own reality, it has to be a reality that feels right to our "self" not one that feels right to someone else. We have to help ourselves before we can help someone else. I' m reminded of this every time I listening to the flight attendant telling us " put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others".
    It's true, mindfulness connects us with self, keeps us on our path and shows us the way home...if we listen and tune into our "inner voice" rather than ignore it or dismiss it. Even not to choose is our choice.

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