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or hard-wire (härd′wīr′)
tr.v. hard·wired, hard·wir·ing, hard·wires or hard-wired or hard-wir·ing or hard-wires
1. To connect (electronic components, for example) by electrical wires or cables.
2. To implement (a capability) through logic circuitry that is permanently connected within a computer and therefore not subject to change by programming.
a. To determine or put into effect by genetic inheritance: "It may be that certain orders of anxiety are hard-wired in us" (Armand Schwerner).
b. To provide with a response or capability by genetic inheritance: Humans are hardwired for speech.


1. (Computer Science) (of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software
2. (Psychology) (of human behaviour) innate; not learned: humans have a hard-wired ability for acquiring language.


or hard′wired′,

a. built into a computer's hardware and thus not readily changed.
b. (of a terminal) connected to a computer by a direct circuit rather than through a switching network.
2. (of a behavior pattern) intrinsic and difficult to change.
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Why not flip this conundrum on its head and ask instead, "Are we hard-wired to question belief in God?