Free Will(y): The Animal Origins of Conscious Choice

date Monday, 30 September 2013 time 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

👤 Vivianne Greenwood 🏢 Saylor Foundation


Life is a constant stream of choices: The roast-beef sandwich or the Cobb salad? Fight or flight? Work or play? We feel the influence of others’ expectations on these choices, but, in the end, we are responsible for deciding how to act. Thus, even in simple situations, we engage one of the most complex human abilities: free will.

But where did free will come from, and are humans the only beings who have it? Amazing videos and studies of wild animals in action suggest not. In this group discussion, you’ll be challenged to define free will in terms of your own life experience and to confront the possibility that even ants, birds, and fish can choose between a roast-beef sandwich or Cobb salad … just kidding.


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