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Is Free Will Determined By Learning?

Stanford University professor Robert Sapolsky just released a new book called:

A Science of Life Without Free Will

How could a field-leading behavioral neuroscientist claim we have no free will?  He’s not being tricky. He has scientifically arrived at the conclusion that what we commonly call free will is an illusion. You can get a summary and reviews of the book at the MIT Press, watch a Psychology Podcast interview with him, or buy the book here on Amazon.

If the question of free will interests you consider this:

Free will implies choice. No choice, no free will. Yet every choice we ever have, we only have, because we learned to have it. Every choice we make, we learn to make.  To me “Determined” means that, for the most part, we are who we couldn’t help but learn to be.

Revisiting my earlier pieces will explain:

Learning to Choose

Learning Character

Lifetime Learning

Unhealthy Learning

Learning Together

I AM Learning

Redefining Learning

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