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Essay/Free Will

The lost hope of self-help

Habits – good or bad – were once a matter of ethical seriousness. Are they now just another technology of self-absorption?

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen


Does the desire to punish have any place in modern justice?

Neil Levy

Essay/Digital Culture

The new mind control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

Robert Epstein

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

The free-will scale

Like IQ or EQ, there should be FQ: a freedom quotient to show how much free will we have – and how to get more

Stephen Cave

Video/Free Will

Why Sartre believed that the person in love could never be free

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Video/Free Will

Can we really make conscious decisions, or is agency just a trick of the brain?

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Video/Free Will

How could a benevolent god allow evil? Is it really just a matter of free will?

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Essay/Free Will

The free-will fix

New brain implants can restore autonomy to damaged minds, but can they settle the question of whether free will exists?

Walter Glannon

Essay/Free Will

Plot twist

When the storyline of one’s life hits a dead end, a redemption narrative offers an alluring, if dubious, transformation

Will Storr


The 12-step dogma

The new science of addiction makes 12-step programmes seem like folk medicine. Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?

Rebecca Ruiz

Essay/Gender & Sexuality

He to she

Transformation is sold as an instant miracle — but for transsexual people the journey is slow and painful

Juliet Jacques

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Zen freedom

Free will and fate are both illusions. The trick is learning to sail with the prevailing winds of life

Tim Lott

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Was it really me?

Neuroscience is changing the meaning of criminal guilt. That might make us more, not less, responsible for our actions

Stephen M Fleming