A History of Ideas: The Libet Experiments and Free Will

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A History of Ideas: The Libet Experiments and Free Will

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Harry Shearer on The Libet Experiments and Free Will

 Ray Laurence

Do we really have free will, or is it an illusion? Benjamin Libet’s neuro-science experiments seemed to indicate that human actions were taken before the conscious decision to take them was made. Does this undermine the notion of free will? Is there something deeper going on that the scientific instruments missed? If you watch this animation now, can you be sure it’s of your own free will?

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Here’s the whole episode from A History of Ideas – Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on Free Will and the Brain

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