1. SubscriberAThousandYoung
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    Is our will completely independent of environmental factors? I say NO. Most people will respond differently, for example, if a man made a pass at them than if a woman did.

    If our will is affected by the environment, then is it truly free? Free of what?
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    16 Feb '07 23:281 edit
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Is our will completely independent of environmental factors? I say NO. Most people will respond differently, for example, if a man made a pass at them than if a woman did.

    If our will is affected by the environment, then is it truly free? Free of what?
    What?
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    16 Feb '07 23:41
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Is our will completely independent of environmental factors? I say NO. Most people will respond differently, for example, if a man made a pass at them than if a woman did.

    If our will is affected by the environment, then is it truly free? Free of what?
    Have you considered the limitations imposed on the "idea" of free will by the hard wired nature of the human mind. . . ?
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    16 Feb '07 23:43
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Is our will completely independent of environmental factors? I say NO. Most people will respond differently, for example, if a man made a pass at them than if a woman did.

    If our will is affected by the environment, then is it truly free? Free of what?
    Maybe not free of, but free TO!
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    Read. . . Explore the philosophical ideas relating to free will. . . Then do more than this and look at the neurological research that has been ploughed into understanding the nature of the human mind. . .

    Here is a good starting point. . . .

    http://www.kurzweilai.net
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    17 Feb '07 18:40
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Is our will completely independent of environmental factors? I say NO. Most people will respond differently, for example, if a man made a pass at them than if a woman did.

    If our will is affected by the environment, then is it truly free? Free of what?
    Our "will" is only a manifestation of our environmental influences. Imagine a will without context. The very idea makes no sense.
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