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Free Will

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Libet’s famous experiment is introduced at an early stage in this book, and along with similar experiments, it is essentially the whole basis of the author’s argument. In Libet’s studies, activity in the motor cortex was apparent about 300 milliseconds before subjects were conscious of the wish to make a movement. This has since been widely promoted as a proof that free will/consciousness plays no part in determining behaviour.