Person223 stated this in another thread recently:
Of course free will exists. You choose to walk on a bridge. You can choose to jump off that bridge or choose to walk to the other side. I get the feeling, with some people, that they think free will doesn’t exist because we are bound by the realities of science. People can spend hours and days arguing about things to the point of being mired in minutiae or go out and see the world. Free will is independent of whether a particular individual believes in deities or not. Choices are still made in life. Even dogs make choices even though they don’t understand the nature of consequences as well as humans do. Communicating with a dog as when one trains it is different, and less direct, than communicating with a human. Much debate over whether spanking of a kid is a good thing, and I think for the most part it is not. But a very young kid that doesn’t understand that grabbing a boiling pott of water or running into the street is dangerous a slap on the rear might deter that kid from reaching for that pott or running into the street. One of my teachers pretended that the street was hurting him when he was on it and that kept his kid from running into when the kid saw how the street “hurt” daddy. I don’t know if that might psychologically affect a kid as much, or more, than a spanking.
I was going to respond to this comment. But I didn’t need to because 2lemenope stepped in with a lesson of his own:
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