Attaining true free-will requires a considerable degree of focus

Monday, 5 July, 2010

No matter how open, independent, or free, we regard our thinking and attitudes to be, our thought is more restricted, and open to suggestion, than we believe.

Studies have found that upon entering an office, people behave more competitively when they see a sharp leather briefcase on the desk, they talk more softly when there is a picture of a library on the wall, and they keep their desk tidier when there is a vague scent of cleaning agent in the air. But none of them are consciously aware of the influence of their environment.

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