Charles Peck Jr deposited Free Will: (Extreme) Individualism Western Academic Abstraction vs Eastern Collectivist “relational will” (Reyes & Ileto – Filipino loob as relational will) Rappaport’s “Higher Meaning” plus Jung’s Symbolism;: Is ” William James Abstractions, Nancy Furlo in the group Religious Studies on Humanities Commons 3 months, 1 week ago
The Issue of Free Will – Stephen Cave points out that the Free Will “research and its implications are not new. What is new, though, is the spread of free-will skepticism beyond the laboratories and into the mainstream. Determinism, to one degree or another, is gaining popular currency. The skeptics are in ascendance.” (There’s No Such Thing as Free Will – But we’re better off believing in it anyway. Story by Stephen Cave Atlantic, JUNE 2016 ISSUE)
Research by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler showed that “It seems that when people stop believing they are free agents, they stop seeing themselves as blameworthy for their actions. Consequently, they act less responsibly and give in to their baser instincts. Vohs emphasized that this result is not limited to the contrived conditions of a lab experiment. “You see the same effects with people who naturally believe more or less in free will,” she said.
“Further studies by Baumeister and colleagues have linked a diminished belief in free will to stress, unhappiness, and a lesser commitment to relationships. They found that when subjects were induced to believe that “all human actions follow from prior events and ultimately can be understood in terms of the movement of molecules,” those subjects came away with a lower sense of life’s meaningfulness. Early this year, other researchers published a study showing that a weaker belief in free will correlates with poor academic performance……. The list goes on: Believing that free will is an illusion has been shown to make people less creative, more likely to conform, less willing to learn from their mistakes, and less grateful toward one another. In every regard, it seems, when we embrace determinism, we indulge our dark side.”
Eastern views of “Free will” as relational will