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Editorial: Science could tell us if we have free will

发布时间:2019-03-14 13:10:10来源:未知点击:

FEW questions run as deep as whether we have control over our actions and decisions. Philosophers are still hotly debating it, but they are no longer alone. It has become as much a problem for neuroscientists, psychologists and physicists. When Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft published a theory last year aimed at unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity, it caused an outcry because it implied that the behaviour of particles – and of ourselves – was predetermined (New Scientist, 4 May 2006, p 8). In response,