Two Astrophysicists Debate Free Will

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Does free will exist? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice sit down with astrophysicist Charles Liu sit down to discuss the existence of free will and whether physics allows for choice in our lives.

We explore cause and effect: how does uncertainty and chaos in the universe factor into free will? How important is the illusion of free will to society? What does a society that acknowledges a lack of free will look like?

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00:00 – Introduction: Free Will
00:24 – Cause, Effect, & Chaos
4:51 – What Would You Do If Everything Was Predetermined?
6:40 – Free Win in Society
12:08 – Understanding the True Nature of Free Will