Americans have a huge love for free will. We like the idea that everyone is responsible for their own destiny.
Here is my question:
If you input the same set of circumstances into your thinker, are you equally capable of outputting decision A as you are decision B?
If Yes, Is your thinker really that important? Couldn’t you just as well flip a coin? Seems like a silly thing to hold up as a sacramental blessing. It if free, but it seems like you can hardly call it a will.
If No, Is your will really free? If you will always choose what you would choose, all else being the same, perhaps you are not free at all, but rather enslaved to your will. Really it is your perception of circumstances that is what controls your life, and the Will is a rather irrelevant funnel that the circumstances flow through.
What do you think?
Update — Some folks say this isn’t clear enough. I am an IT guy. I think this way:
INPUT —> System —-> OUTPUT
The thinker is the system. What the Inputs and outputs are is rather irrelevant.. The point is how firm is the system about correlating the two.