DESSA

Fascinating article on rapper Dessa’s quest to “fall out of love” with the help of neuroscience. Her thoughts about the concept of “free will” is also of interest since I have been writing about it for the last few months and still am undecided on whether I feel that free will exists or if we are all truly ruled by determinism.

“I liked the idea of a universe in which it feels like we’re all actively plotting our courses, but really, your environment is such that it’s predetermined,” Dessa says. We intuitively feel free, but feeling is not reality, and we’re influenced by so many things we can’t fully see or understand, like our brains. Dessa had not been able to fall out of love through sheer will alone. Playing some high notes for her brain didn’t quite feel like will either, but it had changed the machinery.