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How can we distinguish between a decision made randomly and a decision made from free will?
"predictable" and "predictable in theory", as well as "random" and "random in theory", are different beasts. Pragmatically, human beings are not actually predictable with any accuracy, and can do actions that are seemingly random. In the absence of proof of determinism, Free Will wins.
Everything has a cause and effect. If there is a reason for an action it derives from a previous cause and effect.
This way nothing is created on the spot such as "free will" since it has physical tracebacks to previous happenings, continuously.
Free will is not well-defined and the idea does not make sense.
Elbow room arguments still make sense since they would change the classical definition of free will that this argument assumes.
If free will isn't the ability to make decisions what is it? We can make decisions, that may or may not make sense, by our own merit. If you define free will as decisions that are not and or logical you take out any type of decision. We can make our own decisions, which takes free will
Human Beings do have a choice in how we respond to the world around us. We can learn better mastery over our mind and our ability to exercise free will by mindfulness and meditation techniques.
The definition of free will is "the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one's own discretion." - The definition in the title is not correct.