English: A Taxonomy of Determinisms and Indete...
English: A Taxonomy of Determinisms and Indeterminisms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently, I’ve been involved in several discussions related to Free Will and the such. I do not hold to Free Will or Determinism, but lean to a mixture of both. I do not believe in ultimate determinism (yet), as I believe we do have a few options when presented with a decision.

But Free Will is philosophically, logically, scientifically, and theologically impossible. One of the things that fascinates me is the transference of memory via DNA. This corporate and hereditary memory influences our actions.

Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop.

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The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors.

via Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors – Telegraph.

The notion of a pre-existing influence is what drives me away from Free Will. Whether or not we ultimately assign to this influence “God,” we are influenced by something predating us. For those of us who believe in the (so-called) Big Bang, I would offer a speculation that the emerging of those atoms and energy, etc…, created a nice path to where we are now.

Anyway, I wanted to include the article for future reference and maybe some discussion.