Sam Harris argues that free will is an illusion. I am not very articulate in English so I borrowed the following explanation of Sam Harris's position from the ELI5 subreddit (reddit.com/r/eli5)
I found the position very provocative and interesting. Ultimately, if free will is an illusion, we are probably more than OK realizing it.
Sam Harris needs to define what "free will" is in his eyes.
Coz the way i see it, he claims that our decisions are based on what we know. Which is our free will nevertheless in my eyes that is..
You're walking in the woods and the path splits in two identical ones, which one do i take?
I'd take the left one, coz i've been luckier when choosing the left side in previous situations.
If that's not my free will, then who's will is it lol
We are the sum of several factors in life that have shaped us the way we are and that's why any decision we take would be based on what we know, but what would this have to do with our will not being "free"?
Is "free" a good or bad thing? If it is a good thing, then why is my feeling that 100% uneducated decisions would most of the time turn wrong? Oh, interesting fuzzy big moving thing, i'll go hug it...eaten by a grizzly...lol
If free will is the conscious of a baby made in a lab out of non genetical material, then i'd rather have "imprisoned" or "dictated" will..