Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The short- and long-term consequences of believing an illusion

Michael E. Young a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901-6502


The experience of free will has causal consequences, albeit not immediate ones. Although Wegner recognizes this, his model failed to incorporate this causal link. Is this experience central to “what makes us human”? A broad acceptance of Wegner's claim that free will is illusory has significant societal and religious consequences, therefore the threshold of evidence needs to be correspondingly high.