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Compartmentalizing Our Free Will

Compartmentalizing Our Free Will

When we do succeed, it’s often because we manipulate ourselves. We buy pricey gym memberships so we’ll feel we’ve wasted our money if we don’t use them. We hire trainers to push us out of our comfort zones. r

Einstein and Religion

“Human beings in their thinking, feeling and acting are not free but are as causally bound as the stars in their motions,” Einstein declared in a statement to a Spinoza Society in 1932. It was a concept he drew also from his reading of Schopenhauer. “Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner necessity,” he wrote in his famous credo. “Schopenhauer’s saying, ‘A man can do as he wills, but not will as he wills,’ has been a real inspiration to me since my youth; it has been a continual consolation in the face of life’s hardships, my own and others’, and an unfailing wellspring of tolerance.”
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