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This morning while meditating, I had a thought occur to me concerning free will. I have been reading the latest issue of Philosophy Now, which is dedicated to the topic, so the idea was fresh on my mind. I realized as I breathed in, that I was controlling the timing of when I breathed out. And then I was in control again when I breathed in – this is done repeatedly everyday, but in meditation, it is an intentionally controlled action. But breathing is nevertheless always necessary to sustain life.

It occurred to me that free will is like deliberately breathing in and out. Determinism is like autonomous breathing. Some things just are and behave in certain ways. Free will is the choice to control those things.

Free will is an assertion of agency into causation.

(It’s not my intention to go much further right now, but I hope to in the future.)