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Free Will

The Choice

Steven Crandell | Posted 06.27.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 | TED Weekends
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.

Cara Santa Maria

Do We Control Our Own Brains?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.18.2012 | Science

I was recently asked to join HuffPost Live Producer/Host Janet Varney for a conversation about free will. What does the science say? And how does the ...

Office Netiquette

Sarah Alban | Posted 08.20.2012 | College
Sarah Alban

If, like millions of graduates, you're leaving a university this year to enter the workforce, you'll likely be among those sticking a toe inside an office at some point. What follows is a list of four introductory tips geared at today's emerging herd of office-goers.

Is Free Will An Illusion?

Victor Stenger | Posted 08.01.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

Research in neuroscience has revealed a startling fact that revolutionizes much of what we humans have previously taken for granted about our interactions with the world outside our heads: Our consciousness is really not in charge of our behavior.

Why Are There So Few Latino Libertarians?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Of course, there are Latino libertarians out there. But in general, talking Hispanics into espousing the Ron Paul agenda is only slightly easier than getting the pope to show up at the Stonewall Inn for a drink.

Keep Your Mask On

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

While it might seem "authentic" to parade around one's flawed inner world, not only is it not inappropriate to mask these character deficiencies, it is rather part and parcel of the healthy growth process of an actualized person.

Santorum's Augustinian Theology

Jay Rubenstein | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
Jay Rubenstein

In the eyes of Augustine and his intellectual heirs, the concept of "liberty" was closely intertwined with free will. It is the classic theological question: If God is omniscient and omnipotent, can human beings truly be called free?

How Could God Have Allowed the Holocaust?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

If we agree that humanity must have free will, we must accept the consequences of its decisions.