Perhaps governed wasn't the right word. At least I admit my errors. You still have to concede several points and accept that you were wrong on many occasions. And rendering yourself an emotionless zombie doesn't mean you have freewill either. What are you trying to say that at one point you had no freewill but since you 'have lots of practice at not acting on very strong emotional impulses' you now have freewill? Yes I'm glad you are synthesizing correctly bud. I am glad that you realize that you are not... your thoughts Viz. you are not just only your thoughts. And I only agree that governed is an incorrect word because that would imply an absolute Viz the idea that for every action it is controlled by that which I said governs action. But again, my mistake, no one thing that I know governs your actions. It is influenced by a multitude of factors. But when I use influence I don't mean like "OMG he has a bad influence on this Man" Viz. that the man can always act in opposition to the influence. What I'm speaking of is that the influence will always have the effect it ought to have considering prior conditions. The influence is but a small factor combined with all that contributes in the becoming of your actions... IE all the influences that are involved in the becoming of your actions.