Instigator / Pro
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1521
rating
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debates
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Topic

Free Will Exists

Status
Finished

All stages have been completed. The voting points distribution and the result are presented below.

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Sources points
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Spelling and grammar points
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2
Conduct points
2
1

With 2 votes and 7 points ahead, the winner is ...

spacetime
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Category
Philosophy
Time for argument
Three days
Voting system
Open voting
Voting period
Two weeks
Point system
Four points
Rating mode
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Contender / Con
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Description
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The burden of proof is on me (PRO).

"Free Will" is defined as "the capacity to exert conscious control over one's own actions."

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Instigator

No reasonable person believes in that definition of free will. Every free will advocate I know would concede that environmental factors exert causal influence over our decision-making processes. But the presence of that influence doesn't negate the existence of free will.

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Contender
--> @3RU7AL

I know.

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--> @RationalMadman

I'd suggest, "free will" is defined as "the capacity to make a decision that is free of all previous influence".

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Contender
--> @3RU7AL

look how he defines free will in the debate description above.

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--> @RationalMadman @spacetime

The Standard Argument Against Free-Will (TSAAFW)

1) Determinism is incompatible with free-will (an inevitable outcome is not a willful choice).
2) Indeterminism is incompatible with free-will (a random or probabilistic outcome is not a willful choice).
3) No clever mix of the two solve either incompatibility.

Therefore, free-will is an incoherent concept.

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--> @RationalMadman

If you want a proper debate on free will I’ll gladly send you a challenge