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I believe that humans have the power to freely choose between alternatives, exercise rational control over their actions, and generally shape their destinies.  I believe those who preach “whatever will be, will be” and claim “the future’s not ours to see” are fools.  I see resigned helplessness, and waiting for God to solve problems people could solve themselves, as dangerous.   (Note: Appreciation of quantum mechanics and chaos theory has led many scientists away from the notion that complex events always unfold in rigidly determined, predictable ways.)

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a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #11A  Fatalism               

 to make Choice #11    in the Choices We Make cards 
this theme as presented in older version of theme structure: version 1.0  version 2.0    version 3.0        is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Self Determination  Free Will  deliberation 
nature vs. nurture recognizes free agents have moral responsibility Personalism
appreciates probability compatibilism appreciates factors limiting predictability

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#7A   Mysticism    #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #15   The Group Think Imperative #33B Addiction
#34 Valuing Traditions and Status Quo   #44A Sanctity & Dignity of Life 



More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #11B: Free Will

Free Will (from online philosophy encyclopedia)
Free Will and Determinism, by Paul Newall  (an introduction for "beginners")
Free Will Article Summaries (detailed summaries of important papers posted on Quantum Mind website)
A Case for Free Will and Determinism, by Ben Best
The Nature of Free Will
Free Will, by Robert Kane (read portions of this 2001 book at Google Books)
Sentience, Free Will, and Self Determination, by Vincent Bridges
Nudge, by R. Thaler & C. Sunstein (book with  insight into what influences people when they are faced with a decision.)
De La Mettrie's Ghost, by Chris Nunn (review of book about decision-making and the nature of free will)
In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune  (fiction in which free will theme is important, book reviews from Goodreads March 2023)

"Does Quantum Mechanics Rule Out Free Will? By John Horgan    (Superdeterminism, a radical quantum hypothesis, says our “choices” are illusory from Scientific American March 10 2022)

"Does Superdeterminism Resolve Dilemmas Around Free Will?" By Michael Egnor (posted on Mind Matters December 26 2021)
"Is Realism Compatible with Randomness?" (physicist's examination of this posted on  Dec 2010)
"The Free-Will Postulate in Quantum Mechanics," by Gerard t'Hooft (a Physics Nobel Laureate's perspective)
Does Free Will Arise Freely? (article from Scientific American Mind)
“Book Of The Year: How Physics Makes Us Free”  by John Farrell (review in Forbes of 2016 book by Jeann Ismael, University of Arizona philosophy professor)
"New Views of Quantum Jumps Challenge Core Tenets of Physics"  By Eleni Petrakou (posted on Scientific American website December 29, 2020)
"From Chaos to Free Will" by George Ellis (June 9 2020 article by physicist explains why enthusiasm for determinism among physicists has faded)
“Wrestling the Demon: the Physics of Free Will” (Feb 15 2018  on Physics Buzz blog)
“The Physics of Free Will” by Kimberly Anne Clinch ( Jan 14, 2018 post in Helix from Northwestern University)
Connected by N. Christakis and J. Fowler (2009 book about how social networks shape behavior)

"There's No Such Thing As Free Will" by Stephen Cave (article in The Atlantic June 2016)

"Free Will, Randomness and Non-locality" by Dolors  (posted article / video May 2016  with comments from physicist Nicolas Gisin)
The End of Karma By Somini Sengupta (review of  book about India’s youth “trading fatalism and karma for free will” in The Economist Mar 19 2016)
"The War on Reason" by Paul Bloom (article on "the war against free will" from The Atlantic March 2014)
"Is "Nonreductive Physicalism" An Oxymoron?" by Nancey Murphy (paper: downward causation ==>neurobiology)
"Free Will and the Brain: Self Interest" (article in Dec 17 2011 The Economist)
"Why Genes Aren't Destiny," by John Cloud (article in Jan 18 2010 Time magazine)
"Bring in the Noise" by Melinda Wenner (article in July, 2008 Scientific American about biochemical randomness)
Defending Free Will--A Fruit Fly Makes Choices (2007 news item)
The Flaw of Fatalism, by Thomas W. Clark (1998 essay)
Compatibilism (Soft Determinism) and W.T. Stace (includes Stace's contribution to Religion and the Modern Mind)
Determinism and Moral Responsibility
Christian Forums-Free Will vs. Determinism
Religion and the Scientific Method, by George N. Scheslinger (read portions of this book at Google Books)
The Determinism and Freedom Philosophy Website (includes links to many papers on this topic)
The Dogmatic Determinism of Daniel Dennett (includes review of Dennett's 2006 book Freedom Evolves)
Free Will, by Miroslav Backonja (ch .13 in book 20 Greatest Unsolved Problems, ed. J. Vacca,)  
Desiring God's Will by D. Benner (explores the transformation of the will in Christian spirituality)
quotes on free will from Samuel Johnson

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.