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The Libet Experiment: Is free will just an illusion?

Updated Tuesday, 4th November 2014

This animation explores The Libet Experiment. 

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Some people think that free will is an illusion, that our conscious decisions are more like reports on what is already happening than the causes of our action. Libet didn’t go that far. He thought that we might not have free will, but there’s still time for what some have called “free won’t”– a conscious veto of an action that has started in the brain.

 

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