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To do or not to do?

Every week, I witness patients exercise their free will to make choices about their behaviors. In counseling, they learn about the psychological forces inhibiting free will. Knee-jerk reactions fueled by emotions called “psychological patterns” learned in childhood from family or society. As a counselor, I point out the patterns I see. Then, after the first day, first month or year, people decide these patterned behaviors are undesirable, dysfunctional or unhealthy and they choose to do things differently. Kind of like learning to ride a bicycle. Try, fall off, try, fall off, try, ride off into a new kind of life. Free will is what separates us from other animals—the ability to choose change. Not saying it is easy, but with intent, practice and support, change is possible. Because of free will, some patients quit counseling—they choose not to change, yet…—MR

The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?

by Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian US, April 27, 2021

A growing chorus of scientists and philosophers argue that free will does not exist. Could they be right?

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