2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

How Free are We?
Adam H. Kabins
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Many things that are taught to students at young ages are not as true as we are led to believe. In “How Free are We?” I delve into the subject of human acceptance and skepticism to overcome living an apathetic and ignorant life. In doing so, issues are raised in regards to proper self-education. This includes doubting and questioning what is taught, which will ultimately lead to a more sturdy truth. In establishing this point, I discuss concepts related to the ideas of free-will, predestination, Social-Constructionism, and cynicism. Also, I talk about disregarding many of the so-called “facts” that we as young students are spoon-fed to believe. Therefore the thesis of this essay is that people possess free-will; however few choose to use it: The only way to use free-will is to doubt, be a skeptic, and to question everything.

Keywords: free-will

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 44-5
Location: VH 1408
Time: 3:15

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