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Do you believe we have true freewill?

I am curious to know if you believe we are more than just chemical and physical reactions in our brains.

What do you believe, and does that belief affect how you live and make decisions?

Edit: I have modified the question to allow for a more broad discussion on the general concept of freewill.

There seems to be a lot of confusion around the definition of the term "freewill". I have gathered some definitions from a few sources below to use:

"The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion"
Source: Google dictionary

"Free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will."
Source: Dictionary.com

Lets try to not get too caught up on the semantics. There has been some interesting discussions so far. I would like to summarize the main points on each side of this topic when I have time.

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  • Jun 14 2011: All of this reminds me of a phenomenon that psychonauts experience called "Ego-Death". I would describe it as the realization that the partial attitudes and beliefs we adopt are really only heuristic constructs of our conscious mind; and that absolute objectivity of thought can only be possesed by abandoning all subjective constructs, or myths of ego (as Mark has fitingly put it).

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