neuro wrote:I'm quite surprised in hearing somebody feel the question of free will is all nonsense.
Apart from the philosophical interest of the question - free will in all its flavors and the ways it is interpreted and looked at can be fully remapped onto the issue of responsibility of one's own actions, with all the connected aspects in law, justice, social obligations and conventions....
Actually, I see the two questions so strictly intertwined that I tend to see free will in an upside-down way: the question is not so much whether my choices are determined or free; the question is each of us can be best described, judged and looked at in terms of their choices and the way they make them.
Whatever may push me in making my choices, that (and nothing else) is precisely me.
I am what I do and the way I do it.
I do it - and do it so - because it's me.
And thus I (the one who acts that way) am responsible for what I do...
Now you are insisting we must be judgmental about each other? This is a science forum where objectivity is what matters. You might as well be spitting into the wind.