The Theory Of Free Will

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Belief in free will is a concept practiced throughout history amongst many societies worldwide (Sarkissian et al., 2010 as cited in Baumeister & Monroe, 2014). Nahmias, Morris, Nadelhoffer and Turner (2005) define free will as the ability to control your actions independent of fate or external factors. Recently, many studies have been performed investigating how levels of free will beliefs shape how we act, think and view the world.
Over the past thirty years, there has been a general increase in support for homosexuals (Loftus, 2001; Treas, 2002 as cited in Lewis, 2009), as well as a rise in recognition of same sex relationships exemplified through President Barack Obama’s legalization of same sex marriage across the US in 2015 (Brewer & Wilcox, 2005 as cited in Lewis, 2009). However underneath all these societal progressions, gay and lesbian individuals like Dwone Anderson Young are being killed as a result of hate crimes. Also homosexual Australians have up to 14 x higher suicide attempt rates than heterosexual Australians (Rosenstreich, 2013). This begs us to ask the question: do people believe that others have complete free will to regulate their actions and does it make our actions prejudiced?
In a study done by Zhao, Liu, Zhang, Shi and Huang (2014) showed that Han Chinese people with a high free will belief index displayed less prejudice towards Tibetan Chinese. It would be inferred from this study that if you had a high free will belief, you would have less…

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