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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: In my own personal opinion I believe that seeing as we can even contemplate the idea of free will we must have free will. Current scientific knowledge may point to everything being predetermined and that if we knew the position of every molecule in the universe (dark matter included), its movement, speed, heat, weight ect we would be able to predict everything that will ever be. This is where my own opinions tell me this cannot be true, or at least if it is true; because we do not know everything about the universe we cannot make this value judgement. Either way you look at it, this will never give anyone any excuse ever to do something morally wrong.

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