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Free Will (featuring Thalia Wheatley)

Wednesday 2nd July / presented by Daniel Midgley

Do we have free will?

We like to think that we make conscious decisions. But philosophy and psychology tell us that when we think we're choosing, we're really falling for a cognitive illusion. Our brains give off telltale signals of what we're about to do, way before we think we've made a choice. And yet the feeling that we're choosing persists.

Daniel Midgley spoke with Dr Thalia Wheatley, professor of social neuroscience at Dartmouth College.

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