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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

It does seem like he might be assuming the very thing he's trying to prove, especially if we define free will as the "ability to make decisions." It's that classic “ghost in the machine” ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

A state where we actually originate decisions as causal agents, and A state in which what we perceive to be decisions are in fact merely events which occur as the result of determined and/or ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

what we perceive to be decisions are in fact merely events which occur as the result of determined and/or probabilistic/random sequences; events over which we exert no control. You seem to be saying ...
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Can a non linear perception of time be the answer to the apparent contradiction between God's Decree and human free will?

First off, I'm a Christian not muslim. Ok. Now, I've been thinking how to solve the Omnipotence of God vs The Free will of Creation. And I've come up with a solution. One, that we need to redefine ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

Free will is not a theory or any matter of belief. Free will is a matter of definition. Free will is just a name given to a phenomenon that can be either real or imaginary. Within the framework of one ...
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Darwinian Free Will

Your premises are wildly unjustified. Even if #1 didn't beg the question (as pointed out by others) ... it's also just a wild unfounded supposition. Why should free-will (if it exists) be connected to ...
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Darwinian Free Will

1 begs the question. 2-6 are unnecessary because 1 assumes that there is free will (that which is not, gives not). 5 is false. Being able to spawn healthy offspring which grew to adulthood in five ...
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Darwinian Free Will

That is not an argument at all. Free will is not a theory that should be argued for or against. Free will is just a name given to a phenomenon, real or imaginary. In your first "premise" you ...
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How can God gives us free will and yet be the creator and originator of everything at the same time?

By simplifying things, one could say that "free will" in general, is the ability one has to take part in the creation process, by acting. But, what will come out of these interventions, is ...
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How can God gives us free will and yet be the creator and originator of everything at the same time?

The argument made depends on an unstated assumption: "If X makes a choice, Y must not have made that choice." If you make a choice, then God cannot have made that choice. For some ...
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How can God gives us free will and yet be the creator and originator of everything at the same time?

“Free will” is independent of the environment. A person in jail can have the free will to want to leave, yet not be able to leave. So it is absolutely possible to have free will where your free will ...
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How can God gives us free will and yet be the creator and originator of everything at the same time?

The phenomenon of dichotomy in nature is ever integral to any philosopical .notion/idea/framework, In whatever way eyed, there is never a time this phenomenon is inconspicuous to common sense....
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How can God gives us free will and yet be the creator and originator of everything at the same time?

Whatever ways anyone can work using his/her freewill is already determined by God. Just imagine it as a computer program, whatever ways a person can act is defined by a number of IF cases. In which If ...
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How can God gives us free will and yet be the creator and originator of everything at the same time?

One of the classic example of gods in various religions is as parents mother or father or both. And if you stay in that picture, a child actually is the creation of it's parents. It's a direct copy of ...
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How can religious conception of choice be consistent with the notion of omnipotent, all powerful God?

Yes and yes. The supposed compatibility of free will and an omniscient, omnipotent God really doesn't hold up to scrutiny at all. If God knows everything we will do before we do it, how can our ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

Honestly most of the answers here are absolute waffle. Here's the actual answer. Both of them. Burden of proof applies if you are making a claim. That's it. Sometimes people will emphasise the point ...
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What kind of free will does Harry Potter have while travelling in time?

Harry Potter is a character in a fictional novel, and as such, does not have free will - every action he takes is controlled by the author. This might sound a bit facetious or tongue-in-cheek, but I'm ...
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What kind of free will does Harry Potter have while travelling in time?

Some conceptions of free will, compatibilist ones mainly (though perhaps not all compatibilist ones) see human minds as something like decision making machines. If the machine of your decision making ...
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What kind of free will does Harry Potter have while travelling in time?

Edited version, in honour of the charming Tkol... I think you have answered your own question. If the future is entirely pre-determined, in the sense that there is no possibility whatsoever of it ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

If you have free will, you can decide whether you want to give evidence for your opinion of not. If you don’t have free will, then you don’t have the choice. And of course your opinion may not agree ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

Human beings work on a presumption of free will; few people (outside of certain psychological disorders) believe they have absolutely no control over their actions moment to moment. Therefore the ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

There are "existence" claims on both sides of the determinism/libertarianism debate. Both sides in some sense claim that something exists, either complete determinism or freedom of will (*). ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

In dealing with our world, we have developed pragmatic models of a) selfhood, b) agency c) a physical world d) other mind are agents, etc for a large suite of conventional worldview assumptions. ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

the burden of proof lies on proving existential claims: if one claims that "there exist (a) non-white swan(s)", then they better exhibit a concrete example this happens because the logic of ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

The Burden of Proof isn't an absolute property. There's no experiment you can perform on a person, a brain, or a position to show that that thing has the burden of proof. The Burden of Proof is a ...
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Who Bears the Burden of Proof Regarding Free Will: Advocates or Skeptics

From my perspective, both proponents and skeptics of free will should shoulder the responsibility of providing arguments. Proponents must offer compelling evidence demonstrating the compatibility of ...
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