I'm currently reading the book (by the same title) by Jonathan Weiner (who I'm an enormous fan of- anyone else? I think he writes really fantastic stuff, though perhaps just because I'm a total neophyte.)
It's brought up some questions that I find really interesting. What is free will, and do we actually have it at all? In the light of the behavioral studies described in the book, it seems that a lot of what we attribute to our 'selves' is really the action of instinct, genetic memory, and various chemicals. Is that any less intrinsic to our 'self'? And if 'free will' doesn't exist in the same sense we've always assumed it has, how does that change one's world view? Is it even possible to reconsider one's world view in that light, seeing as there's nothing we can do about it?
I've never read any thought about this subject, so I was curious if it was an interest of anyone else. Books/internet resources/personal thoughts/anything is appreciated. =]