Influences on free will and determinism: Genetics

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    • Almost all physical and behavioural aspects of humanity are determined by genetics.
    • Although some Biologists argue that environment also plays a part, it is difficult to escape the fact that genes control so much of what we are/do.
    • Evolutionary ideas in psychology suggest that we have evolved in certain ways to survive and part of this procedure is being partially determined or controlled by our genes.
    • Moral reasoning is a result of natural selection and has a basis of human, biological revolution.
    • Humans have moral responsibility, as we all have an evolved, yet innate, sense of morality.
      • This is based upon studies into the "environment of evolutionary adaptation," where humans first developed the first moral sense.


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