Really? You’ve never been in a situation where you’ve changed your mind even though the circumstances haven’t changed? I have, many times.
I havn't, and neither have you. Because the circumstances have changed. The passing of a mere nanosecond changes the circumstances. Between one thought and the next, the variables have shifted and the two scenarios being compared are no longer identical ones, so that the occurrence of different outcomes is neither surprising nor significant.
Also, keep in mind that your thoughts are part of the circumstances. Step back from yourself for a second. Observe as a third person.
You still don't seem to understand Anfauglir's point.
Go back and read what Anfauglir wrote. He said, “Causal or random, I still am unable to undestand where "choice" (in the "I could do different things in identical circumstances, in a way that is directed by 'me' rather than being the result of 'non-me randomness' ") comes into play.” Now, are your thoughts “you” or “non-you”? It seems to me that Anfauglir is saying he can’t envisage changing his mind unless external circumstances change and he isn’t considering his own thoughts to be part of those circumstances. In fact, he appears to be deliberately differentiating the two.
Do you think there is free will or not? Do you think we are responsible for our actions or are we just slaves to external causes?
Sorry - that was my fault for being unclear in my language - the result of a too-hasty generated post.
To clarify, I DO believe that my thoughts are part of the world of circumstances. They are the product of specific electro-chemical reactions in my brain, and hence are as predetermined (albeit unpredictable) as any other event in the universe (subject (many thanks!) to the quantum randomness you covered a few posts up).
So, at an given point in time, my thoughts will be at a particular point because of all the previous thoughts and experiences and the state of the charge in my neurons. So the thought I will be thinking at the next conceivably small slice of time - indeed, the state of the universe at the next slice of time - will be the inevitable result of the combination of the previous state of the universe, as determined by the physical laws of that universe, plus or minus any quantum events that may occur.
That's the position I hold - so to answer your question, no: there is NO free will. We are the inevitable result of everything that has come before, subject to some truly-random chances.
What I was trying to express before, is that for there to be a "free will" aspect to the world, there would perforce need to be some thing (most commonly labelled a "soul") which did not generate "choices" randomly (because that, to me, would mean it was not "will"), but which is also ungoverned by any other aspect of the universe
. This would HAVE to be the case to allow it to make a non-predetermined willed choice.
And THAT is the thing that I simply cannot grok. Because what is being put forward is a thing that HAS no means of making a decision. Anything and everything that happens to it CAN have no effect on it, because we've already said that it is outside of causality, so this "soul" thing can only be a rigidly unchanging thing. If it is unswayed by circumstance and history, it cannot ever change or grow.....and, to be frank, I do not regard THAT as in any way "will", either.
Its a complicated position that I am trying to explain, and not sure I'm 100% succeeding! I know exactly what I mean, just not sure I'm getting it across!
To go back to the "changing the tyre" example.....my position is that in that instance you were NEVER going to "jack before nuts" - the thought emerged that you were going to do it, but then - inevitably - the other thought rolled along that said "loosen first". Possibly if there had been a quantum burp in your brain at that point the second thought would not have happened.....but if its a random burp, then that (as I've said) does not qualify for free will.
The problem for the advocate for free will, in any meaningful sense of "free" and "will", is that they must explain both how their choices are NOT causal (or stochastic), NOR random. Everything we observe, every test we do, only points to a mainly stochastic universe that follws causal rules, aside from the occasional wobble thrown in by quantum activity.
So no. No free will, period.