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How much free will did you exercise in the following activities? Mark 1-5. (1= not your decision, 5= your completely free choice). **What might have influenced your free choice in these situations?. How well you slept What you had for breakfast The people you live with What you wear
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1How much free will did you exercise in the following activities? Mark 1-5. (1= not your decision, 5= your completely free choice). **What might have influenced your free choice in these situations?
  • How well you slept
  • What you had for breakfast
  • The people you live with
  • What you wear
  • How you speak to people
  • How well you worked in the last lesson
  • 2Are you free? In what ways are you free ? Free Will To define FREE WILL and DETERMINISM To identify what influences free will in everyday life To evaluate situations in which free will is shown best 3How much free will did you exercise in the following activities? Mark 1-5. (1= not your decision, 5= your completely free choice). **What might have influenced your free choice in these situations?
  • How well you slept
  • What you had for breakfast
  • The people you live with
  • What you wear
  • How you speak to people
  • How well you worked in the last lesson
  • Use the labels to help you answer. Culture (The way we do things in the UK) Random chance Peer pressure habits Your biology/ psychology fashion upbringing 4Which of these have the biggest influence on who you might turn out to be?
  • Biology/ psychology
  • Upbringing (parents)
  • culture
  • laws of the UK
  • education
  • random chance
  • fashion/ peer pressure
  • Habits
  • Religious beliefs
  • Write out 3 factors above, that you think have the biggest influence on you Explain how they determine what you do and what you are like. My upbringing determines what I am like because…. **Give an example something that you do. Explain how much free will you had in this. I wear school uniform during the day which is determined the rules of this school. On the other hand, it was my free choice that I came to this school, so indirectly, it is my free choice to wear this uniform. 5Determinism If you calculated the forces, the angles on the red billiard ball, you could tell exactly where it would go. Determinism says that in our life, if you calculated the effect of your upbringing, culture, genes, education etc, someone could also predict what you would do. Eg you will eat chicken curry this evening because English culture has curry, your parents love it, your taste buds react positively to it, your education tells you it’s healthy, it’s your habit to eat it etc – so it’s determined that you will eat chicken curry tonight. 61. Write down the two definitions.2. Which one you believe in? Explain why. 3. Why do you not believe in the other one?**Explain what the poster below is saying.
  • Free Will
  • = the belief that we are essentially free and independent of “influencing” factors
  • Determinism= the belief that our choices have been decided by “influencing factors” eg genes, culture 7Which of the following allow us to act freely?
  • Fashion & culture
  • Self-awareness
  • Genes
  • Upbringing
  • Education
  • awareness of good and evil
  • 8The unexamined life is not worth living. (Plato) How does this tie in with free will ? 9Free will is a gift. It is one way humans show they are made in the image of God . We have free will because we can decide what to do , freely. We don’t just fall in with the things that influence us. If we were put in the exact same situation a second time, we could do otherwise. Animals do not have free will – nature trains them to act in a certain way : they might have different options to choose between, but they can’t reflect on what they might or might not do.
  • As when someone chooses their own dress style
  • As when a Nazi saves a Jewish baby
  • As when a busy person gives up time to help someone.
  • As when a young person stands back from peer pressure in a fight or calls the police
  • Give an example of a free will action that goes against culture or fashion or other influences. How does this example show free will ? (did they reflect and choose, or just act on influence? How can you tell ?) **What do all these examples have in common? Self-awareness Knowledge of
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