For me there is no issue in philosophy as interesting as free will. I would love to hear from others on this and what their opinions on the matter are. I expect that some will have steadfast beliefs because of Christianity or other religions, but I ask all to have an open mind when discussing this subject. As far as I'm concerned science has proven that we do not have free will: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/04/mind_decision Although admittedly this may not be enough in itself to convince everybody. The thing with an illusion is that it seems real. Also, it is important to remember that illusion is not deception, nor does it have to be a bad thing; in this case we have an illusion which is as essential for human life as air or exercise. If we didn't have this illusion then how many of us would become moral nihilists as a result - how many of us would give in to our less empathetic sides. Guilt is a powerful and a very necessary emotion; if I do something bad I need to feel guilty so that I avoid doing that same thing again. It serves a valuable evolutionary purpose. I'd like to know, among those who believe their will is free, the number one point they would raise to support that position (or the biggest obstacle to accepting the illusory nature of free will).