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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Free Will?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells us about brain research suggesting that we make decisions below the level of consciousness. We actually aren't aware of the decision already made by the brain for 10 seconds. This raises many interesting questions about what it means to be human.
Read the article HERE and then comment on it in the comments section below.

Do we really have Free Will? What is consciousness? How does consciously thinking about a problem affect the outcome? Is the experiment described in the article a valid one?

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