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In this episode, Tim Bayne explains a famous experiment by brain scientist Benjamin Libet— an experiment that Libet took to show that we have no free will. We discuss several critical responses to Libet, and Tim argues that, even if unsuccessful in his original aims, Libet has raised good questions for philosophers, physiologists, and neuroscientists to explore.
Libet’s 1985 Behavioral and Brain Sciences paper, including peer commentary:
Recent paper on readiness potential by Aaron Schurger et al.: