Essay on The Illusion of Free Will

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The scientific approach seeks the immediate cause of an event to what led to what. Scientist assume this as determinism, the idea that everything happens has a cause or determent that one could observe or measure. This view is an assumption, not an established fact but the success of scientific research attests to its value. Does it apply to human behavior? After all we are part of the physical world and our brains are made of chemicals. According to the determinist assumptions, everything we do has causes. This view seems to conflict with the impression all of us have that “I” am the one who makes the decisions about my actions like what to eat or what to buy; I am in doubt right up to the last second. The decision could have gone either …show more content…
Your heredity and experiences programmed you and your makeup determines your decisions. If science were to prove to the world that free will is in fact a mere illusion, there wouldn’t be much of a different or cause a huge change in human race towards society since we in fact don't have that free will because of things like laws. In my opinion I think that not only does our common sense notion of free will run counter to what we know about science generally which makes an illusion, we can realize ourselves subjectively that free will does not exist. We can say that it is an illusion of an illusion. If we simply pay attention to how thoughts and intentions merely pop out of the void and into our mind through mechanisms that are completely mysterious to us, we would realize that our conscious “self” is simply a witness to choices that have already been made. We are not aware of what our thoughts, intentions, wants, or desires are until they materialize in consciousness that we have no control over. In this view of what Cashmore tries to say is that, in reality all behavioral decisions are nothing more than a reflection of our genetic and environmental history. Interestingly, we already dismiss free will for others when certain states of the brain are responsible. We do not typically claim people to be conscious of their thoughts and actions when they have some particular brain state caused by a tumor or some other disorder. Because we know that

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