Unconscious brain activity shapes our decisions
It suggests that our choices have already been influenced before we become aware of the decision.
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The feeling of free will may be an illusion.
Our brain can subconsciously predict an outcome of a decision before we are aware we are making one. Yet, we often believe that we consciously drove our own actions.
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