#1 - Posted: 14/04/2009 03:01
The debate on free will vs. determinism is an old one. I take it that you are talking here, not about classical determinism vs. free will debate (from a purely abstract/logical point of view), but more about the extent to which genetics and predictable neurological mechanisms in our mind control our behavior. To be sure, the majority of human behavior is predictable. However, it's like the weather. Patterns can be known for day, but not a lifetime. There is no way one can predict a lifetime of human behavior. Free will may be a slave to the moment, but it is definitely not a slave over time.
Now, if you are talking about the deterministic/reductionist argument, that is another debate altogether. Even there, the weather analogy holds. No system is predictable beyond certain time periods. Chaos Theory sheds some light on that. I have more to say on that if anyone is interested.