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What is free-will?

Idea that we are self-determining

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What is hard determinism?

Free will is not possible as our behaviour is always caused by internal or external events beyond our control.

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What is determinism?

Idea that we have no choice

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What is soft determinism?

All actions have a cause but people have a conscious mental control over behaviour

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What is biological determinism?

Behaviour is controlled by physiological, genetic and hormonal processes

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What is environmental determinism?

Behaviour is caused by features of the environment (e.g. systems of reward and punishment) that we cannot control

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What is psychic determinism?

The belief that behaviour is caused by unconscious conflicts that we cannot control.

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What is a strength of determinism?

-Predict and control human behaviour
-Very scientific

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What is the limitation of detereminsm?

Does not hold with the legal system as based on individual responsibility

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Why is determinism being falsifiable a limitation?

As you cannot prove that its wrong as it is based on the idea that causes of behaviors will always exist

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Why does free will have face validity?

As we feel as if we are making a choice in our everyday life

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Is free will having face validity a strength or a weakness?

Strength

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Is free will supported by neurological evidence?

No

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Why does neurological evidence not support free will?

Shows that decision making is made a few seconds before reported of consciously being reported