The universe is either random, determined, or both. All entities in the universe are governed by the laws of the universe, ie. they are determined by the causal chain, or are randomly acted upon, but they have NO choice in what happens to them. I define life as entities that have free will. All life has an inherent ability to choose. I have a darwinian approach to free will, where all life has varying degrees of free will, humans having the most. Do we really have free will in the sense that we are free from the laws of the universe? We are apart of the universe just as any other entity. The special ability of living things is that they can avoid harm and seek the good. How can we explain being free from the causal chain? If the universe isn't determined, rather it is completely random then that doesn't give us any more freedom. It just makes our actions random.