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Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will?

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Is free will an illusion? Some leading scientists think so. For instance, in 2002 the psychologist Daniel Wegner wrote, It seems we are agents. It seems we cause what we do It is sobering and ultimately accurate to call all this an illusion. More recently, the neuroscientist Patrick Haggard declared, We certainly dont have free will. Not in the sense we think. And in June, the neuroscientist Sam Harris claimed, You seem to be an agent acting of your own free will. The problem, however, is that this point of view cannot be reconciled with what we know about the human brain.... Read More

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Why should a teacher earn less than a manager?

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Criticism of capitalism has increased in recent months. Protest movements, such as "Occupy Wall Street," are outraged at the excesses of bankers who, according to the protesters, bear the main responsibility for the current economic crisis but apparently are not being held responsible. A growing number of voices from different parts of society are now showing solidarity with the anti-capitalism activities and reflecting the widespread frustration felt by citizens.Undoubtedly, these anti-capitalist protests have their finger on the pulse of our time. But it is not enough to simply condemn capitalism for its undeniable excesses. We need a deeper analysis of why the capitalist system, in its current form, no longer fits the world around us...

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