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Steve Bruno

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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 21 2011: Lol just realised that I didn't even answer the questions.No, I do not think we're more than chemical and physical reactions. I think one day we will be smart enough to fully understand ourselves, and only then will we be able to fully explain our existence, and that explaination will be a long list of facts and rules, similar to how we describe other things we understand today.- Ding
    • Jun 21 2011: I think future of science is God.

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