Sorry if this question is stupid or answered in another post but I really can't imagine how people who believe in libertarian free will think decision making happens.
If I am meant to choose between 2 options, say whether to eat an apple or an orange, I will weigh the pros and cons of each, feel one is better, and choose that. Now, the pros and cons of each option just pop into my head out of my subconscious (we obviously don't choose what ideas we get to have, or else everyone would simply choose to have a million dollar business idea. Ideas just pop into our brains). For example, I may think,
- Oranges taste better than apples
- I dislike peeling oranges because it makes my hands sticky
- There isn't a faucet nearby to wash my hands afterwards
Once I've thought of pros and cons of each, one option will seem better. In this case, I will intuitively feel that the apple is the better option. The pros and cons which popped into my head were out of my control and it similarly feels that the better option also just pops out of my subconscious.
Does a proponent of free will believe that we choose which option feels more correct, that we are able to choose the option which does not feel correct, or something else? Option 1 doesn't seem possible. It brain just seems to do some sort of hedonic calculus subconsciously and I then desire the apple instead of the orange. It doesn't seem to me that any part of the weighing pros and cons process happens consciously. Option 2 would seem to make free will a purely negative thing. How would I ever benefit from the ability to make a decision is against my interests? How would the product of evolution ever acquire this ability? So then it seems like a proponent of free will would reject my idea of how decision making works. What alternative model would they use?