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Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

The Brain

Here's a simple psychological trick to get people to do you a favor

What if they feel like you're bothering them? Or using them? What if they say no, or worse, don't even bother responding?<p>But according to psychologist Robert Cialdini, the author of "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion," there's an easy way to get someone to give you what you need: Do something …

What Are The Limits Of Physics?

A bunch of the talks I went to last week at DAMOP were about searching for extremely tiny effects (I wrote about some of them, but there were a bunch more). Some of these were looking for real perturbations from known forces, others for exotic effects that may not even exist– changes in the …