I guess in real life I act like I have a free will.That's interesting, I don't think I've ever heard anyone else say they are a determinist on this forum. It seems to blow against the DJ idea that you can "will" yourself into being a top 3% male (or whatever percentage it is this week. I've been seeing 1% mentioned more lately). I wouldn't go so far as to say there is no free will, but I do think it is true to a certain extent - most people are prisoners of their behaviors. I know there are studies that show people's personalities are formed at a certain age, for example. I suppose some people can change, but if it's against their nature it's extremely, extremely difficult.
Back in my mind I think physics have to follow laws. So I can not have any real freedom.
I think that the hot girl I see is basically a electrical inpulse that goes into my brain. On the other hand I am horny.
So practically I do more believe in free will. "Theoretically and philosophically" I don't do much believe in it.
Intellectuals often discuss if the "philosophical" believe in determinism has actually an effect on real life. Some argue that one beliefs in determinism because they want to give up on life and are lazy.
I think that the "push it mentality" correlates often with the believe in free will. That might be the reason that this practical philosophy is the predominant one here.
But when you look closer to it often there is a higher philosophical level to it. Many people with this mentality often can reveal that the reason they "push hard to get girls" is because they have no choice because they are so "addicted, in love" with girls.
Same with people who are successful. They often talk about "pushing it" but when asked they don't know what really makes them "push".
On a deeper level who can even answer the question: what is the "I"? What is identity?
In Germany we had a popular book from an philosopher. The titel was:
"Who am I? If yes, how many?
Btw I am a fan of Captain Kirk too and I agree with your signature.