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Submission + - Study indicates absence of free will (nature.com)

aztecmonkey writes: "Nature.com published in late August an interesting story outlining a debate between neurologistsand philosophers over the question of the existence of free will. According to John-Dylan Haynes, a neuroscientist at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, his 2007 study of subjects deciding to use their right or left hands to bush a button, while being monitored by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in real time, shows that humans do not have free will after all. Philosophers disagree. Let the cage match begin!"

Submission + - Art work contemplates future traffic flow (kottke.org)

John3 writes: "American artist Chris Burden is finishing up his latest work titled Metropolis II for display this fall in Los Angeles. There's a fascinating five minute documentary on YouTube about his miniature city and the traffic that flows through it. He comments "The idea that a car runs free, those days are about to close". Whether you agree or disagree, he certainly has built one of the coolest Hot Wheels layouts I've ever seen."

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