We think many things are free and under our control, but prior causes outside our control actually determine them. This is why we have a hard time understanding the concept of free will.
For example, when you want to do one thing and not another, this intention does not originate from consciousness. Rather it appears in consciousness. As does any thought or impulse that might impose it.
When you think about doing one thing and not another, your conscious choice is only an effect of prior causes outside your control.
The idea of free will is a common belief that we can make choices not determined by prior causes outside our control. However, this belief is false.
The intention to do one thing and not another does not originate in consciousness. Rather it appears in consciousness. As does any thought or impulse that might impose it.
Consciousness itself is an illusion—a trick of the mind—so the idea that we can choose what we think and feel is illusory. The only thing left in the equation is a series of causes and effects, which are themselves determined by prior causes outside our control. This means that regardless of your choice, your decision was already made for you before you even had the chance to make it.
Out there thinking-but, I am sure I stirred up some curiosity about this topic! I am still researching free will but would love to hear your thoughts.
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