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24 March 2011

Does belief in free will lead to action?

Free will may be an illusion. Yet we persist in believing we are the masters of our fates—and that belief affects how we act.

Free will may be an illusion. Yet we persist in believing we are the masters of our fates — and that belief affects how we act. Think you determine the course of your life, and you're likely to work harder toward your goals and feel better about yourself too. Think you don't, and you're likelier to behave in ways that fulfill that prophecy.

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