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Ebook | $2.99 Short | ISBN: 9780262319744| January 2014

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Virtual Agency

A BIT of The Illusion of Conscious Will


Do we consciously cause our actions, or do they happen to us? Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, theologians, and lawyers have long debated the existence of free will versus determinism. This BIT, excerpted from an influential book by the late Daniel Wegner, offers an innovative view of one aspect of free will. Wegner argues that when people project action to imaginary agents, they create virtual agents, apparent sources of their own volition.
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About the Author

Daniel M. Wegner is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.