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This paper gives an objective, inconclusive discussion on free will. The paper explores different theories for and against the belief in free will, namely, contradiction to science, empiricism, determinism and the human ability to self-monitor. The author offers examples of common human behavior to qualify his arguments.
From the Paper:"There clearly are cases of conduct in which some persons behave as they do because they were determined to do so by certain identifiable forces outside of their own control. A brain tumor, a severe childhood trauma or some other intrusive force sometimes incapacitates people. This is evident in those occasional cases when a person who engaged in criminal behavior is shown to have had no control over what he or she did. Someone who actually had no capacity to control his or her behavior, could not control his or her own thinking or judgment and was, thus, moved by something other than his own will, cannot be said to possess a bona fide free will."
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