You do realize that human autonomous free will is the foundation of our legal system? People make decisions every day that flies in the face of your false dichotomy of either nature or nurture. These decisions sometimes are reached after a long period of inner debate, they are not all snap decisions, i.e. fight or flight.
In fact many renowned philosophers and religious figures assert that the only thing that we can control is our own will. I'm thinking of Stoics and Buddhists, those that teach non-attachment and the right use of the semblance of things.
I don't know about the whole spiritual side of Free Will, no one does for sure but I know for a fact that in society, you do not, nor will you ever have free will. Freedom of speech is also an illusion.
Every person who goes on a diet, submits to a painful medical treatment, or the addict that gives up an addiction is demonstrating free will.
The animal instinct and the physical body itself can be demanding one thing but the intellect rules over it and forces a different action to take place.
Another nickname is Will Power. When used in a group setting such as for addiction they are often encouraged to reach for a Higher Power when their personal will does not seem to be strong enough, or psychologically making the choice to submit their will to the will of the group to become a part of it and stronger. Change is not easy but it is almost always worth it.
I don't equate "Choices" with "Free Will", deciding to make a right turn instead of going straight is making a choice, controlling drugs instead of them controlling you, is a positive choice . . . NOT going to "Confession" because you believe that your "poor choices" will be forgiven if told to some clergyman is Free Will (Freedom from the Will of Another).
Hmm, so you had no choice about this conclusion? You were already programmed to adopt it? Really?
Free will means being able to do what you want without constraint but there are things you cannot do because society tells you so, but posting on a forum isn't one of them...Well actually, there are some things you cannot post of forums such as under age pornography and in some places, racial hate among others. Me being in Northern Ireland, If I were to write a sectarian message on facebook, I could be brought to court for it so much for freedom of speech and political opinion...
And of course I had choice about the conclusion I made but take note that all of your choices fall into law in one way or the other, whether you're obeying or disobeying and luckily, my choice of saying what I see isn't a crime, at least not in this context anyway. Sure you can say you have free will and can speak freely, but do this then - go up to an ethnic minority and insult them because of it and then we'll see if you really have the freedom to express your opinions once the law gets involved. I bet there are racists out there who believe their beliefs are genuine...but they cannot express them without being told "You can't do that", and soon they find themselves in a prison shower and unfortunately for them, they've dropped the soap
Everyone likes to say that they have free will, but there's always that hand on their back, reminding them of this - "You're free to do whatever we tell you."
I have a related question for you all; How do YOU judge whether something is right or wrong?
I make my mind up about it, not according to any law or political doctrine. I don't think I'm too bad of a person so I can take solace in the fact that just because I follow my own book, it doesn't mean I'm going to murder or rape people.