I'm no philosopher, but I do enjoy pondering life's mysteries every now and then. One topic that I've been interested in lately is free will, and whether we actually have it or not. Like many people, I never gave it much thought because I just figured of course we have free will. We're thinking and making choices literally all the time, isn't that proof right there? But then I started to think about how all matter is subject to the laws of physics. If you put salt in water, it will dissolve. Not sometimes, not most of the time, but every time. That is simply the unavoidable outcome of combining those compounds. So then if our bodies (and our brains) are made up of atoms and molecules just like the ones we see around us, and are following the same laws of physics at all times, where does the possibility of different outcomes come from? I just finished reading a very short book by Sam Harris called (any guesses?) "Free Will." He basically makes the argument that we are not, in fact, free in the sense that we think we are, and that every thought we have and every action we take is the only outcome possible given all of our experiences leading up to that moment. From the book: "Not only are we not as free as we think we are--we do not feel as free as we think we do. Our sense of our own freedon results from our not paying close attention to what it is like to be us. The moment we pay attention, it is possible to see that free will is nowhere to be found, and our experience is perfectly compatible with this truth. Thoughts and intentions simply arise in the mind. What else could they do? The truth about us is stranger than many suppose: The illusion of free will is itself an illusion." Focus: Does free will exist? If not, what implications does that hold?