This guy, professor and certified genius, says Free Will is an illusion. Not an entirely new thought, but he couldn't control himself.
"In Determined, Sapolsky maintains that all beliefs, values, and behavior (“the way you became you”) result from the complex, uniquely individualized interactions of genes, brain chemistry, fetal, infant, and childhood nurture, and the social and cultural environment, over which human beings have no control. Thus, while we can will what they choose (open a door, pull a trigger), we cannot choose what we choose. And just as it makes no sense to blame a tornado for destroying your house, no one deserves to be treated better or worse than anyone else."
Basically, you are but a passenger riding in a meat robot that gives you constant "choose-your-own-adventure" style options for how to react to the stimuli in front of you. These options are programmed by your biology, genes, upbringing, etc., to guide you according to the sum of those experiences.
What do you make of this? Does free will exist? If not, is it a burden knowing your life is, uh, not predetermined, but pre-programmed as a set of responses? Or is it freeing to know you may not have control, meaning you don't have to control?