Putting Free Will to the Test
THE SOURCE: “Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Free Will” by Shaun Nichols, in Science, March 18, 2011.
Do humans have free will? The question is as old as dirt. Now experimental philosophers are trying to gain insight into the issue in a new way: by using techniques borrowed from the social sciences to uncover the intuitions that drive ordinary people to give different answers to questions about free will.