What is free will, really? Steven Pinker explains.

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  • Free will exists, but by no means is it a miracle.
  • We use “free will” to describe the more complex processes by which behavior is selected in the brain. These neurological steps taken to make decisions respect all laws of physics.
  • “Free will wouldn’t be worth having or extolling, in moral discussions, if it didn’t respond to expectations of reward, punishment, praise, blame,” Pinker says.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress


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