bbyrd009 wrote:this strikes me as a chimera made up of personal preferences and...something...nihilism? Not sure. "Things happen for a reason" does not equal "i have no choices to make," else the difference in instinct v free will is obscured.Audacity wrote: In a nut shell: Determinism in no way suggests that anyone is programming anything. It's simply a recognition that all things happen for a reason. Reasons that no one has any control over. One does not have the ability to choose between different possible courses of action, as free will suggests.
Which is why I said "Reasons that no one has any control over." And because one has no control over the reasons they act as they do it cannot be said they make any choice to act as they do.
A dog acts on instinct, for instance, but can still evince preferences--for chocolate, say--and act on choices. So then the concept of "Free Will" is not even well defined, most of the time imo.
Definition of free will.
........"Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action."