Powerlessness and the Illusion of Free-Will (Part 1)

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Inside the Minds Eye

Author: Adam Abramowitz

Are we in control? What dictates the thoughts that enter our brains? Are these thoughts ours, or are they a response to the stimulation provided by reality?

Can we prevent ourselves from gravitating towards the things we like, pursuing the things we want?

It seems to me that everything I know, everything I’ve learned, has been shown to me by another. From an early age, my parents were a prime of example of how I learned and developed into the individual I am today. They gave me a baseline for my own likes and dislikes. They showed me music, movies, art, and books. They spoke to me as I learned to speak, they read to me as I learned to read, and they provided their own taste in music as I learned to listen.

The question of free-will. Am I ever really making choices? Or am I…

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