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Freedomto choose One famousneuroscientific study raised multiple questions in relation to freewill.

  Benjamin Libet conducted experiments in whichparticipants were asked to flick a switch and record the actually time whenthey had decided to do so (Messer, 2015). This research found that the readiness potential of brain activity firesprior to any voluntary muscle movements and was detected prior to whenparticipants had noted their decision to flick the switch (Libet, 1999).  (go into this study more)So, this begs thequestion?  Are we really free to chooseor is it just a neurological delusion that we are free? Research in Quantummechanics has found that at the subatomic level, certain phenomena do notbehave in ways that are inline with the theory of determinism (Fields, C,2015).  Areas of Quantum Mechanicsinforms us that there are some factors of randomness and therefore we cannotknow with certainty how something will turn out prior to it happening.  Not everything appears to be predeterminedalthough many things in our environment can be predicted.  This perspective tends towards preserving theargument of free will.   And whatallowances are made for philosophical questions such as spirit, the self orhigher states of consciousness.

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  Althoughscientific frameworks don’t tend to support the existence of such propositions,yet Psychological theories have been based around the existence of a self tochoose and direct differing parts of consciousness and therefore exercise theirfree will.   Roberto Assagioli founder of Psychosynthesisattributes the denial of will and its existence, to scientific research and itsobjective quantitative techniques.  Itwas his belief that everyone could to some extent resist the attractions of theworld by the development of their inner will.

 Not only did he believe in free will he placed an emphasis on thedevelopment of this inner state which he also found necessary for happiness,sanity and dignity of humananity (Assagioli 1972).   Insummary to use the words of Assagioli in his book ‘the act of will’, ‘to solvethe problem of the will on theoretical, intellectualistic lines have led notonly to no solution but to contradiction, confusion and bewilderment'(Assagioli, R, 1973).  Like Assagiolishould we be approaching this topic of debate from a different angle, or do wecontinue to search for a complete theory that encompasses all humanbehaviour.  Until such time, questionssuch as free will, will continue to be debated. This essay has exploreddiffering theoretical frameworks around the existence of free will and hasattempted to point out relevant critiques in each perspective and theirapproach.

  It has looked at severalfactors such as behaviours, social interaction, individual agency,psychosynthesis, quantum mechanics and neurological science that influencehuman behaviour in the search for free will. As investigating free will directly is not without its problems, thisessay also explored the positive outcomes associated with belief in free willwhich can be investigated directly.  Noone theory is accepted by all school of thoughts as free will is identified andunderstood differently by many theorists.

 Yet, through this discussion and research over the years, has led to theuncovering of a large volume of knowledge that has added to the field ofPsychology. 


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