Is free will an illusion? In these two papers, Wegner argues that all human actions are caused and that humans only experience free will as a side effect of consciousness. Donald disagrees. He believes that humans may actually be causal agents (and this is due to the unconscious mind). While Daniel Wegner was a psychological scientist (and thus, strictly a determinist) Merlin Donald is a philosopher.

Please download and read the argument analysis instructions very carefully. This document includes instructions for the argument analysis paper and the argument analysis discussion post. As a reminder, you’ll be discussing the best and worst evidence presented for each side of the issue.

The articles you will read this week are below: