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The debate between free will and determinism stems from the apparent conflict between the universal rule of causality found in nature and the apparent ability of men to choose between multiple courses of action in order to lead to the most desirable outcome Inorganic matter such planets blindly follows whatever forces affects it and non-human organisms act for their survival alone but human beings seem to be an exception to natures rule by their unique ability to ponder about how to go about their life and which values to live by Determinists reject the idea that any of these choices are freely chosen however and claim that a man is no exception to natures law because he and his choices are nothing more than the product of his environment Decisions are simply a product of conflicting environmental influences Determinists claim that the nature of the universe is governed by certain universal scientific laws so that action is caused by a specific prior cause and human action is no exception They claim that the human mind is also governed by these rules so that no alternative course of action is possible to humans other than the unique set of prior factors that caused that human action to be made Thus human choices are not free because they are determined ahead of time by whatever environmental social genetic biological and any other unknown factors caused such choices to be made Accordingly men cannot be held morally responsible for their actions since they have no more control over the chain of events in reality than anyone else The determinist would say that even if science could show that human choices were caused by random firing of neurons the choice would not be free because it would not be chosen independent of prior factors To the determinist free will would not be possible under any condition if it was caused by prior causes all choice would
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