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Free Will

'I Am the Master of My Fate' -- A New Take on Free Will

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Back when schoolchildren regularly read uplifting poetry, there was a famous Victorian poem that affirmed the human birthright of free will. It was "I...

Freedom and Responsibility

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

The struggle of choice makes us human and an increasing awareness of the nature of our choices, call it free will or not, can become a path to bettering ourselves and the human condition.

When Seeing Is Not Believing

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

For decades, studies of how our brains work by neurophysiologists and psychologists have turned up a massive User's Manual that seems to explain how and why we think the way we do. The reason that so many people distrust these findings is that they sometimes tell us unpleasant things about our deepest-held beliefs about who we are.

Is Adversity Foe or Friend? -- Answer the 3 Questions of the Entrepreneurial Challenge

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

It's not just entrepreneurs that can turn adversity into opportunity. All people face startup-like challenges. And we all benefit from learning and perseverance. I believe much hinges on how we exercise our free will to create a personal resiliency.

A Man Is Not a DIY Project

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Women
Carlota Zimmerman

I'm a professional development coach, and I know that people can't be forced to change. They can be encouraged and helped to feel safe and confident enough to make changes that they feel ready for, but thanks to this crazy thing called "free will," people cannot be forced to do what you want!

An Entrepreneur and God Walk Into a Café ...

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.11.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

"I don't believe in you," says the entrepreneur. "I just want to make that clear." "Okay," God says. "But in the interests of transparency, I think you should know that I believe in you." They order their coffees in ceramic cups to avoid adding to the landfill.

Are You a Beast of Burden?

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Giving can be more than donating money, more than volunteering time and expertise. Giving can be a way of living. Here's my epiphany: I can "bes...

The Choice

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

He stepped outside. He looked up at the top of a tree. He listened to a bird sing. He inhaled and, for the first time in a long time, heard and felt the intake of breath through his nose and the stream of air as it left his mouth.

Growing Up and Free Will

Caitlin Cronin | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Caitlin Cronin

Believe that free will is an opportunity to follow your good intentions toward success. Become comfortable with yourself, have faith that your hard work will lead to your success, and channel that drive inwards so that it will project outward and reward you with your dreams.

A Case Against Certainty

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We've become intolerant of doubt, especially self-doubt: we don't know how to live with the notion that we might be mistaken while continuing to strive to be reasonable.

Stories in Development

Matt Bieber | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Charley Johnson and I met as classmates at Harvard Kennedy School in 2009. At that time, we both believed that we were obligated to live lives of 'pub...

Happiness on Hold

Alice Savic | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Alice Savic

I'm on hold right now waiting for a human voice. And that gives me confidence that I will have sufficient time and content to write about this topic: ...

Are You Able to Choose What's Good for You?

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

Why do we so often do things that we know are not good for us? Why do we choose a career we know is not going to make us happy? Why do we choose a m...

When Disaster Strikes

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In the wake of last weekend's catastrophic typhoon that plowed through the Philippine Islands, taking perhaps, according to one BBC report, up to 10,000 lives, one can only wonder how God, if there is one, can be considered to be good.

Nurit Alon: On Freedom and Being Free

Nurit Alon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nurit Alon

I think that what sets me free is the basic understanding and acknowledgement that at the end of the day, the opinion of others about me is irrelevant to my happiness.

Breaking (Through) Bad

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

What should be clear is that most events in our lives are, simply, beyond our control. The one aspect that we do control -- how we choose to react to what's occurring around us -- is the decisive factor as to how we will perceive and experience our lives.

Who Are You?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2013 | Home
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNo matter what has happened to us, we each have the free will to choose how to respond. Joshua Prager chose to respond to having his neck broken in a car accident at age 19 by continuing to embrace life.

Discerning God's Will in Three Questions

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

As a lesbian, I am often faced with people who are certain that I am living "outside" of "God's will" for my life -- simply because of my sexual orientation.

The Evolution of Agency

Gerard Senehi | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Gerard Senehi

Why you might never look at babies -- and aging -- in the same way.

Why My Evangelical College Shouldn't Do Away With The Philosophy Department

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

If you want your students to know Jesus, you might start by looking for things that Jesus said he cared about, like learning to love your neighbor. Because that's what happened in philosophy classes when I was at Cedarville.

Living a Meaningful Life

Vaishali | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Vaishali

As a teacher and a healer, what I have learned is that not everyone who says they want to heal and be happy really means it. In order to achieve wholeness and personal happiness, people have to be willing to let go of their loyalty to stories of "not good enough" and "didn't do it right."

The Thing That Propels Me In The Right Direction

D.J. Wilson | Posted 03.23.2013 | Fifty
D.J. Wilson

Join me today in reflecting on just where and who we are at this moment in our lives. Who or what has influenced you the most in your journey? The least?

Made In The Image of God: Human Value And Genomics

Dr. Denis Alexander | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Dr. Denis Alexander

To see where the clash comes from, we first need to understand the revolutionary nature of the Imago Dei idea in its original context in the texts of Genesis.

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

God allowed humans the choice of evil and good. But for parents in Connecticut, Syria or Afghanistan, that won't fill the emptiness of a child gone.

A Just God in Newtown

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

In a world in which evil and suffering exist, god is either all powerful and is responsible for that evil and suffering, through design or neglect, or god is benevolent but not all-powerful.