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According to Behaviorist B.F. Skinner, why do people believe in free will?

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Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:29 AM via web

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According to Behaviorist B.F. Skinner, why do people believe in free will?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM (Answer #1)

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According to Skinner, who is not without his critics, free will is the response to long past and recent present reinforcement of patterns and  actions that direct behavior. Consequently, according to Skinner, reacting to these long accumulated reinforcements creates an illusion in the mind of having made a free and deliberately selected choice. As a result of neuro-transmitter synaptic illusion, people believe their actions are free will; freely willed.

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