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Old 09-14-2012, 12:48 PM #27
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Originally Posted by rorymac View Post
When observing any individual human action, you have to consider that there are countless factors which contribute to the arrival at that decision. Does it not seem logical to say that all decisions are based on our nature and past experiences?

I am not taking any side in this debate, I'm merely playing devil's advocate.
You are absolutely correct!!!

Every human thought, idea, action and emotion begins with the brain. The brain is not, nor will it ever be static -- And our senses are the gateway to the brains evolution. That being stated, our environment through our sensory contact, has a great deal of influence over how we interpret our surrounding and how we interact with it.

The process of executing "Free Will" has to first start with an idea, which stimulates a decision process, that eventually resolves to a choice, which precludes the action.

What action we eventually choose to take, is the direct result of how our brains were nurtured through its sensory contact. This is to say that a person whose sole sensory exposure was religious in nature, will without a doubt, react and act with a consideration heavily based on the religious concepts and ideas they were exposed to.

Still, exposure to one concept or another, doesn't eliminate the individuals autonomy. And that demonstrates that no matter what or how we are made to think and or act, we ultimately have the final say in reaction. This a unique quality and feature of "Free Will", that no matter what our idealogy, thought process, or enviromental exposure ..... we can at any time make the choice to go against the grain and act contrary to our belief system.

Yes, free will is a reality, but it is subject to a measure of predictability. A child who is born and raised by wolves, will no doubt act in accordance with its inherited nature, and therefore will seemingly not have a choice in how it reacts to certain stimuli. This gives off the impression that Free will is absent, when in reality, limited environmental exposure to varied stumuli is the cause. The wolf-kid has a choice in how it reacts to certain situations, it just hasn't evolved to the point of self-awareness and autonomy.
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