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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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PEOPLE HAVE CHOICES: HENRY STAPP

The claim that human beings have the capacity to make choices is generally unquestioned among coaches. However, this assumption has been opposed by a substantial portion of the scientific community (see, for example, Dennett, 1991), which defends a mechanistic paradigm which assumes that material causes determine all that happens, and that causality operates in only one direction. In this view, choice is an illusion. The new systemic paradigm offers a different view, one that draws on quantum theory to validate our subjective experience of making real choices.

At the level of physical objects in our daily lives, we are familiar with mechanistic cause-effect relationships. Physicist Henry Stapp (2007) explains ...

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