Free will is an illusion

By | August 2, 2008

Mark Hallett, a researcher with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said, “Free will does exist, but it’s a perception, not a power or a driving force. People experience free will. They have the sense they are free.

“The more you scrutinize it, the more you realize you don’t have it,” he said. – nytimes

We each do what we must do. There is a degree of chaos everywhere, outside of us and in. So, we are not predictable… but we are pre-programmed.  Your conscious self does not decide what to do. It only observes and claims ownership of your decisions after the fact.

Whereas the delay between decision and awareness detected by Libet lasted 500 milliseconds, the new research seems to show that decisions can be predicted up to ten seconds before the deciders are aware of having made up their minds. – cons

So, in other words, relax and enjoy the ride.

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