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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 19 2011: I put forth a small thought experiment for consideration. Consider that we decide to test Free Will. So we bring two identical twins to the Lab, Maxime & Chad. They are so alike in every way that their parents cant tell them apart. There is only one difference .. One has no Free Will, but the other does. Now I offer them both a choice in ice-cream: Choclate or Vanilla. Maxime picks Chocolate and Chad picks Vanilla. Now we have to identify which one has free will and which one does not. Since I am unable to make out the difference, I invite all of you to questions aloud (by the way comments) to catch the person with Free Will. Anyone?

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