ok a friend and I came up with this hypothetical situation, and we both believe totally different things about it and Im positive Im right, but I suck at explaining stuff so if anyone can tell me if Im wrong or if Im right, can explain it better than I can? ok here are the two assumptions: 1) we have no free will: everything, including humans, is made up of atoms that react to forces. our belief in free will is just an illusion made from the complexity of our "atoms" 2) there is a machine that can predict the future by calculating all the forces on every atom in the universe. ok, so now what would happen if you saw your own future? What I believe is that the machine would have to show you a future where seeing that future is part of the future. It could only show you a future, that after seeing, you would cause to happen. If the machine showed you getting into a car, which then blew up, you would get in the car. However (this is where we had different opinions), you would feel like you were making a decision to get into the car still. The illusion of free will would still be there (even though you would now know there no such thing, it would still feel real), and you would have some reason for getting into the car. Maybe your suicidal, or maybe you had some other reason idk. But the point is, the machine could only show you getting into the car, if after seeing your own death, you still want to get in the car. my friend on the other hand, believes that after seeing your own future, the illusion of free will would be lifted. You would feel like a robot being forced to do everything the machine predicted. You would be forced to get into the car, even if you didnt want to die.