Illogical atheist Sam Harris preaches in agreement with biblical text about free will, that is we do not have it, with the exception of "God". Biblical text teaches all is "God's" will, not people's will.
Can we freely choose between options? Think carefully and decide if one of the options is a right choice for you to freely make because you want to make it and do it just moments after reading options.
First choice, participate in the poll or not. If taking poll: choose Blink, wink or not at all. Wink one eye, blink both eyes or do not blink/wink at all.
"Anti-free will" people say you are in an illusion if you think you can make a free will choice in blink, wink or not.
Trying to figure out how to make this a double blind study.
Sam Harris on free will:
My ideal of a thought experiment:
We take a pile of shit, a mile high and a mile wide. We take the average type of person, with all the most common experiences and knowledge and place them on top of the pile of shit.
They did not choose to be born, the did not choose to be kidnapped for this experiment, they did not choose the smell of the shit.
What is their choice once placed freely to move about on the pile of shit we now call existence? Is their choice to free themselves from the pile of shit by sludging thru the goo a free choice for them to free themselves from the shit?
You may find yourself ....
From video Sam uses "pick a city" to demonstrate this lack of free will.
The limiting factors are:
#2. Avaliable choices.
The time it takes you to think of cities to choose, for his demonstration, and the number of cities you think of to pick from, limits the avaliable choices you can make.
Within those choices you are free to choose one as he requested.
The choosing is still "free will" given the options then and there avaliable.
Bad evaluation on his part for thought experiment, he should freely choose to think his thoughts through a little more. But, those may have limited constraints out of his control but doesn't affect his ability to actually make choice.
I don’t really want to invest an hour on this, but the older I get the greater my suspicion that my Psychology teacher was right about us being a construct of circumstances rather than of our own devising. I’ve achieved everything I’d ever wanted to as a twenty something, but realise that it’s down to nature, nurture, circumstances and opportunity that I’ve been so lucky (and there have been scrapes of the not so lucky along the way, but still). Some people have less efficacy and may feel fate has dealt them a poor hand, I believe sometimes they’re right. Unfortunately complaining doesn’t help, only reassessment and working towards goals does, I had some good mentors.
At this point, 2 people picked "blink - not free will choice "
The poll does not show me who but I would have to ask, what caused you to answer the poll in the first place? If it is not free will choice: something forced or caused you to take the poll? That was a first choice cause of force to choose to participate in the poll, or not.