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7 hours ago, JosephM said:

I would agree with Rom's conclusion.  Most people i know use the words free will to indicate we have a choice or that we can freely choose but being connected as part of the whole i see that choice as limited by a multitude of variables that we as individuals have limited control over and therefore it limits our choices to not be truly free. That is a hard pill to swallow for many but that is my current understanding.

Yes ... this is a very powerful blind spot in the human condition. We are only subliminally aware of all the influences that shape our choices. We, on a personal level, are oblivious to the way our genetics have shaped the way we make choices. And by and large we don't even want to consider the chemistry and physics that goes into making a choice.

We are content with an imaginary homunculus.  

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