Free Will: Are studies that demonstrate genetic determinism a threat to free will?

Free Will: Are studies that demonstrate genetic determinism a threat to free will?

Greg shares his continuing thoughts on free will with a thought experiment (and a hand-drawn graph!) granting that we are largely determined by forces outside of our control. If we grant this presupposition, does that mean that free will is an illusion or insignificant? Find out!

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Free Will: How free will presupposes a great deal of determinism

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