Are you sure you're in control of your life? Or are you convinced that everything is predetermined and that what will be is inevitable?
Who ultimately makes the fateful decisions? Ourselves, God, fate, circumstances, or coincidence?
The Free Will and Determinism (FAD) plus scale developed by Paulhus, D.L., & Carey, J. from the University of British Columbia, will help you find out which philosophical position you are most inclined towards.
What are the key differences?
In philosophy, for many centuries there has been a dispute about the extent to which an individual influences their destiny between adherents of two opposite positions:
Free will is the ability of a person to make decisions autonomously, regardless of the circumstances affecting them (be it a reward or violence, sympathy or prejudice).
Determinism is a concept the foundation of which is the statement about the predetermination of our actions and their dependence on fate, circumstances, decisions of other people, divine intent, etc.
The principles of free will and determinism are reflected in almost all spheres of human life - in religion, science, ethics, art.
Take the free will vs determinism test
You will be offered 27 statements, evaluate how much you agree or disagree with each of them. Note this test is intended solely for informational, educational and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision.
1. I believe that the future has already been determined by fate.
2. People’s biological makeup determines their talents and personality.
3. Chance events seem to be the major cause of human history.
4. People have complete control over the decisions they make.
5. No matter how hard you try, you can’t change your destiny.
6. Psychologists and psychiatrists will eventually figure out all human behavior.
7. No one can predict what will happen in this world.
8. People must take full responsibility for any bad choices they make.