Tom Wolfe and a cognitive neuroscientist discuss status, free will, and the human condition

By The Editors

"Wolfe: 'Speech has introduced so many variables... because of your experiences and because of the reactions of speech constantly feeding you new material, your brain is going to operate differently from anybody else's, and that is the free will — whether you call it mechanical or not. Everybody becomes such an individual, it becomes pointless to say, 'You didn't make that decision.' It's an absurd idea.'"

Posted 9/12/08 at 12:15 AM