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5 Scientific Reasons You Should Believe in Free Will

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One of the most popular philosophical debates is the question of “free will” vs. “determinism.”

Free will is the belief that you have free choice over your actions, while determinism is the belief that your actions are influenced by your biology and environment.

As with most philosophical questions, I find the answer to be somewhere in the middle. It’s true that our biology and environment play a large role in how we choose to act, but I believe it’s also true that we have some degree of choice within these circumstances.

Most psychologists and neuroscientists seem to take a similar compatibilist approach, which seeks to find a healthy middle ground between both “free will” and “determinism.”

Recent studies show that some belief in free will is very important for our psychology and mental health. Here are 5 scientific reasons you should believe in free will.

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The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies We Fall Victim to Everyday

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Logical fallacies are errors in our thinking that can often lead to wrong or misguided beliefs.

Of course, none of us are perfect. We don’t have perfect knowledge and we don’t have perfect reasoning. However that shouldn’t stop us from trying to be a little smarter in how we think about the world.

This article provides a quick summary of the 20 most common logical fallacies people fall victim to everyday. You’ll probably find that a lot of these logical fallacies apply to your own thinking, as well as the arguments you have heard others make too.

Try your best to become more aware of these fallacies and hopefully you can work on becoming a smarter thinker in the future.

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3 Types of Exaggerated Thinking That Create Unnecessary Drama

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We all exaggerate sometimes. And it’s not always a bad thing, especially if it’s just spicing up a story to a friend or making fun of a little thing that happened to us on the way to work.

However, I often find that people who are the most stressed in life also have a strong tendency to exaggerate every little bad thing that happens to them. They can’t handle something without treating it like it’s the end of the world.

Of course, everyone experiences daily stress and frustrations, but when we exaggerate these bad experiences we often add unnecessary stress and drama to them that doesn’t have to be there.

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My Top 10 Psychology Articles of 2013

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The year 2013 is coming to an end – this article is a celebration of the top 10 best psychology and self improvement articles published this year at The Emotion Machine.

As of today there have been more than 500 articles posted here in the past 4 years. These are great places to start learning more about how your mind works and how to improve your life.

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Pay Attention to Family Patterns and Know When to Change Them

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Our family and close relatives are often times one of the strongest factors in shaping who we are and what we become later in life.

You can’t fully understand yourself if you haven’t first looked at the patterns that run through your family. This is true for both genes and environment, both of which interact together from generation to generation.

One of the first key factors that influence our family patterns are learned behaviors. These are the habits and routines that our grandparents taught our parents, and our parents taught us, and we teach our own kids.

Some of these learned patterns can be traced back to past generations that you probably haven’t even met or don’t even know exist. And other learned patterns may be something that was just started from your parent’s generation.

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