Misty wrote:What exactly is Free Will??
I have never understood the idea that 'individuals' truly have free will. We are born without our permission, carried by the current of life of which most is out of my control, die without my permission at a time I do not get to choose. I sometimes choose things in my life but they are all choices governed by other limitations and circumstances also not my choice. So free will in my opinion is a myth fostered by whatever controls humans, and includes humans controlling other humans.
What say you?
My understanding of "free will" is based upon my understanding of how I've been put together. I see myself as a tripartite entity consisting of spirit, mind and body. A computer is a bipartite entity consisting of a mind (CPU) and a body (the entire collection of all physical components including CPU). The computer has no power to determine its own course, it just does what it is told to do. This appears to be how you see yourself, "I sometimes choose things in my life but they are all choices governed by other limitations and circumstances also not my choice."
The third aspect of my being, my spirit, elevates me above the level of a computer. I have the capacity to determine whether or not I approve of my programming and I can choose the software that determines the sort of activity I will pursue, which is how I express my free will.