Mark Hallett, a researcher with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said, â€œFree will does exist, but itâ€™s a perception, not a power or a driving force. People experience free will. They have the sense they are free.
â€œThe more you scrutinize it, the more you realize you donâ€™t have it,â€ he said.
That is hardly a new thought. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said, as Einstein paraphrased it, that â€œa human can very well do what he wants, but cannot will what he wants.â€