So, this has been discussed for centuries now and I'd like to talk a little bit about it. If you believe in god, sorry, but you're out of the conversation. Please don't reply. I mean, really, please do not reply. I'm a determinist and believe me, it's not something that pleases me. In fact the idea that we don't have free will scares the shit out of me but, after reading The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris (has anyone read it? ) my position was completely reenforced. The truth is we are not the authors of our thoughts. It may seem like we are but if you pay close attention you'll notice how this is an illusion. Thoughts just spring in our brain. Why did I use this word instead of that word? Why did I just scratched my head? And although Sam Harris does say that even if we don't have free will, our actions matter, I wonder what are truly the implications of not having free will. I mean, what happens to responsibility and accountability? How can you make the distinction between a good person and a bad person? After all the bad person can't choose the way he thinks and the way he thinks will influence the way he acts.. I also feel the need to figure this out because as a student of physcology, I think this will influence my practice. I'd like to hear some ideas. And again, if you believe in god, please don't reply.