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Comment: the elimination of "individual free will"

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the elimination of "individual free will"

As someone with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, most of my graduate professors worshiped B.F. Skinner, the father of operant conditioning. I accepted the premise that when explaining animal behavior, all you needed to know were the environmental controls, be it punishment or reinforcement, but I never could accept the notion that "free will" was simply a delusion of the mind, at least with regard to my own choices in life. Only in the past few years, in my quest to understand why so many people can't seem to conceptualize what "liberty" truly means, I now realize that they have accepted, perhaps unconsciously, that "free will" is an illusion.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds. - Bob Marley