Free will, it is a bitch.
—John Milton, Devil’s Advocate (1997)
You don’t have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.
—Thompson, The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
If we were able to see our destinies manifest themselves visually, then we would be given a choice to betray our chosen destinies. And the mere fact that this choice exists would make all preformed destiny come to an end. —Professor Kenneth Monnitoff, Donnie Darko (2001)
How is a person truly free until they can think and act for themselves? God gave us free
will so that we could choose His love.
—Robert Marshall, Driving Lessons (2006)
They talk of free will, but we are all just homing pigeons in the end.
—Dr. Talzani, Triage (2009)
I don’t permit the suffering. You do. Free will. All the choices are yours.
—God, Oh, God! (1977)
There have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated, these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness, they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space, they will group together, rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behavior? Random segments of code? Or is it something more? When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does a personality simulation become the bitter mote of a soul?
—Dr. Alfred Lanning, I, Robot (2004)