Rhina Brito Word Count: 493
1 November 2013
Free Will and Determinism
Do humans have a say over the decisions that they make and the events that occur in their lives? One possibility is that humans do not have any control over the decisions that they make. Another possibility is that humans have complete control over the decisions that they make. The last possibility is that events are somewhat predetermined, but humans have some control over the decisions that they make. The last possibility, which is a midpoint between the two extremes, is the possibility that seems the most plausible.
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The second possibility is that human behavior is not predetermined and humans have complete control over the events that occur in their lives. This alternative seems more plausible than the first one. However, it is not the most plausible answer because it has many flaws. People are sometimes constrained to doing whatever they want or making the choices that they want due to religious constraints as well as ethical constraints. Humans are also constrained by the Laws of Physics. Therefore, it is not plausible to say that humans have free will and complete control over their lives.
The last possibility is that while events are somewhat predetermined, humans still have some control over their behavior. This is the possibility that seems the most plausible. In order for there to be order in the universe, events should somewhat be predetermined. However, they are not completely predetermined –humans still have some control over their behavior and the choices they make. For instance, if a person is asked if he/she would like to have pizza or pasta for dinner, he/she can choose to eat pizza or pasta. This is something that is not predetermined because a person can choose either or. However, if a person is asked if he/she wants to fly or walk to work they cannot choose to fly because the Laws of Physics does not allow humans to fly.
The question of free will and determinism is very important and also raises another important question –the question of responsibility and whether or not humans are really responsible for the immoral acts that they perform. It is true that there are many constraints that determine human behavior, but humans still have some say in the way that they behave.