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5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About You

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You may have no free will

 It’s often a very violent debate: are you free to make your own decisions, or are your decisions shaped by forces beyond your control?

Many arguments have been put forward on both sides of the debate, but here I will focus on the experiment carried out on a patient by Benjamin Libet.

Libet, while observing the patient’s brain, told him to move his hand whenever he wished. Libet found that the brain registered a desire to move the hand, even before the man himself was aware of this desire.

This suggests that we may act impulsively, without actually making a decision. It only seems to us afterwards that we did something from our own free will, since we rationalize our action after it happens.

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