So.. basically, what's the matter with the people who don't believe in this?
Is it another case of the idea that our senses and perceptions are not to be believed?
Another case of not being sure of anything? Sounds like me, but I trust something.. I believe that I believe to have cognition.. haha..
No matter how many layers of uncertainty you put to people's observations of the reality, what remains is that there is a some personal experience of thinking, feeling, etc.. for this personal experience, it doesn't matter if this all was an elaborate simulation, if all of us were just brains in a vat, if our perceptions were being fed us electronically..
So, to me it is logically and personally screamingly obvious that I have the perception of making choices, just like I have perception of living in a body and noticing the world around me. It may or may not be true, but I have such perception, so some kind of sentient process is going on with me. Hm ok, or impression of such.
Do you you agree so far?
If not, how would you explain the alternative?
Do we not perceive and have cognition? Do we not have the impression of such processes, at least? If you do, why would there be no free will?
Is it because you don't have the feeling of making strong choices? Do you feel obliged to leave decisions to others? Are you not assertive?
If you do feel like making choices, do you disregard your impressions as unreliable? Is it just an illusion? Why would our brains give us the impression that we are in control of ourselves, if we are really just automatons?
If you don't believe in free will, is it because of the theoretical knowledge of physical determinism? I understand that quantum effects are uncertain, and may break the otherwise deterministic physical world. There's different views to whether quantum effects are indeed random, or just deterministic but beyond measurement.
There are also different ideas to how quantum effects relate to the brain. Some say that quantum effects are insignificant at the brain cell level, so that brains might pass as a deterministic device. Other research suggests that quantum tunneling plays a crucial part on brain's functioning.
Does it affect your view on the concept of the free will, whether brains turned out to be affected by deterministic processes only on physical level, or if there was quantum phenomenom involved?
Are you one of those who argue that our choices are so restricted, so that they qualify as no free will at all? We are born to some family, we're not able to choose it.. so we must submit to our fate..
Perhaps you believe in statistical determinism? You belong to some group of demographics that has a known rate of being unhappy in life, so you will be unhappy?
Is it just that you focus on the parts of your life were you have no choice?
Is your complaint about non-existence of free-will just some kind of social commentary, general whining or some other form of fiction - something that you don't mean literally?
So.. in the end..
what's the matter with you?