Consciousness, decision making, and “free” will

[image: part of the experimental design followed by Maoz et al. in the paper discussed in this essay]

“Free” will, understood as a will that is independent of causality, does not exist. And it does not exist, contra popular misperception, not because we live in a deterministic universe. Indeed, my understanding is that physicists still haven’t definitively settled whether we do or not. Free will doesn’t exist because it is an incoherent concept, at least in a universe governed by natural law and where there…



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