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Free will: just an illusion?

01.15.27

Free will: just an illusion?

Some of the most profound challenges to the idea of free will, now come from neuroscientists and evolutionary psychologists. It is argued that advertising can make us buy things and that early intervention determines the sort of adult we will become. Yet, we feel remorse at opportunities we could have taken but didn’t, we sometimes choose to do the right thing even against our own interests. Is the idea that we might be born cowards, or heroes, an excuse for not facing up to our moral responsibilities? Should you choose to watch this debate, speakers include Professor Joe Friggieri, Head of Philosophy, University of Malta; Dr Daniel Glaser, head of Special Projects, Wellcome Trust; Neal Lawson, author, All Consuming and Dr Ellie Lee, director, Centre of Parenting Culture Studies.

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