> I was aware of both of those counter-points before writing. I disagree. Not based solely on reasons I can articulate though, I will admit. But based on subjective experience, and an intuitive certainty that I am choosing the words to write now, and that although I am influenced by a multitude of stimuli, ultimately I am the author.
I agree. That's what it feels like. But the truth seems counter to our feeling. Here's another example: Objects around you look solid, but they aren't. They are mostly empty space. There's space between the nucleii of the atoms and the electrons, and even more space between adjacent atoms. That's not the way it feels, but that's the way it is.
Here's another: Reach out and touch some object. It feels like you are touching it, doesn't it? But it turns out, you aren't. When the repulsive force between the electrons in your finger and those of the object becomes strong enough, your finger can't get any closer. You never quite close the gap.
I have the feeling that I chose to write this response, but it was actually composed deterministic processes in by my brain.