Real free will is illusionary. Don’t believe me, try controlling
your thoughts or dreams. The state we occupy is continuously changing
in response to being a physical part of a physical universe. Our
complexity not withstanding, emergent states are not within our ability
to anticipate and control. We are not independent or even partially
independent of the universe in which we reside. Hence, no free will.
We do, however, a strong subjective sense of being an independent
free agent, such that all but the most dogmatic of deterministics
behave as though real free will existed.
So there is your paradox of the day.
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