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A post on the consistently interesting British Psychological Society Research Digest blog has got my head spinning somewhat. It seems that a team of researchers in Berlin have used brain imaging technology to show that when it comes to certain motor decisions, human free will is, in the words of the Digest, “an illusion.”

The researchers scanned the brains of subjects who had been asked to decide whether to press a button with their left or right finger. The subjects indicated when they had made their choice. But the brain scans showed that activity in the frontopolar and parietal cortices…

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