The freewill delusion

08/11/2013 07:15

Dan Jones - New Scientist

Dan Jones admits at the beginning of his article that recent psychological experiments suggest that loss of believe in free will leads to less honest and more selfish behaviour. Jones quotes the example of a study carried out by Kathleen Vohs and Jonathan Schooler (1.). A group of subjects were asked to read an excerpt from Francis Crick’s ‘The Astonishing Hypothesis’ arguing that free will was an illusion. After this the group took a maths test, where there was an opportunity to cheat with apparently no risk of detection. [Read more] ...