If indeed there is such a thing as free will then by definition it must be supernatural. If, on the other hand, all of our actions are determined by a intricately complex set of natural causes and effects then our power of decision is merely an illusion. How can we tell if free will exists? Simple: We all make mistakes. Programmed automatons can’t, you know, no matter how sophisticated. So-called “computer-error” is actually user error, programmer error, manufacturer error or environmental causes outside the computer’s control. How do I know I am right about all this? Because I can’t be in error without proving myself correct. If I am a programmed automaton and it is not my error, then whose is it? Free will is necessary to make a mistake.
each year, she finds her friendships less volatile and easier, because she increasingly succeeds at looking past their flaws and disappointments and homing in on their pleasures and on what set them in motion to begin with. And she wonders why she didn’t do that sooner, why she gave in to so much fury and sorrow when she could have just let those emotions go.