Big Unknowns: is free will an illusion? – Science Weekly podcast
By: Presented by Ian Sample and produced by Max Sanderson | Big Unknowns: is free will an illusion? – Science Weekly podcast | Neuroscience | The Guardian
Free will has been debated by philosophers and theologians for centuries. Neuroscientists and psychologists have now entered the fray – but what new light can they shed? And just how free are we when it comes to “free” will?
Arguably one of the oldest conundrums in the book, the paradox of free will has haunted scientists and philosophers alike for centuries. It would appear that we, as conscious agents, are able to make choices that change the world around us, despite many of the known laws of nature being deterministic. But is this freedom of choice all an illusion created by the conscious mind? And ultimately, is it even possible to act outside the bounds of our environment, our upbringing, and our genetic makeup?