The integrity of social psychology turns on the free will dilemma: Reply to Baumeister, Vonasch, and Bargh


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The observation that while Roy Baumeister does not accept that there is a strong link between belief in free choice and malign effects on the weak and unlucky, the Baumeister and Vonasch study newly evidences discrimination against the poor and unlucky through belief in free choice. Baumeister also acknowledges that institutional-level injustice is exacerbated by belief in free will. Bargh seems to acknowledge Baumeister's inconsistency, but introduces a different fallacy when he suggests the debate is not really about freedom of choice. Miles argues that even for a self-styled ‘compatibilist’ like John Bargh, this debate is all about free choice.