Free will is the belief that one’s actions and thoughts arise from, and are controlled by, a conscious self. However, some scientists believe that free will is a biological illusion (Crick, 1994; Wegner, 2004). According to Francis Crick:
“You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules,” (1994).
Regardless of whether or not free will exists, having a conscious belief in free will may have significant effects on an individual’s perceptions (Aarts…
Freelance Writer and Neuroscientist