“The Unique human convenience of conscious thoughts that preview our actions gives us the privilege of feeling we wilfully cause what we do. In fact, however, unconscious and inscrutable mechanisms create both conscious thought about action and the action, and also produce the sense of will we experience by perceiving the thought as cause of the action. So, while our thoughts may have deep, important, and unconscious causal connections to our actions, the experience of conscious will arises from a process that interprets these connections, not from the connections themselves.”

Daniel M. Wegner

The Illusion of Conscious Will

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