Andrew John HARRISON

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Tag: Neuroscience

Is Free Will an Illusion?

The video at the bottom of this article may challenge your assumptions about how you arrive at decisions.

Let’s look at the dictionary definition of Free Will:

FREE WILL:

  1. The apparent human ability to make choices that are not externally determined.
  2. The ability to make a choice without coercion.

In other words, Free Will is the ability to choose, think, and act voluntarily. Most people would like to believe that human beings can be the authors of their own actions and reject the idea that our actions are determined by external conditions or fate.

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The Brain Dictionary

Scientists have created an interactive map of the brain that shows which areas light up when a person hears different words. This challenges old assumptions of how the brain process words and language.

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