Short Story: Milk Run
At 3pm everyone got up and drove to the store to buy a jug of milk.
City planners never anticipated a day when millions of people would decide to drive to the store simultaneously, so naturally this caused quite the scene on highways and grocery stores across the nation.
The evening news reports hypothesized an extreme case of coincidence brought on by a persuasive nationwide advertising campaign. But I have theory.
It’s nicknamed “the angel". Implanted in the frontal cortex of a rat, it allows a human controller to twitch the rat’s tail on command by releasing a cocktail of hormones and targeted electrical pulses. The question always was: What did the rat experience whilst twitching its tail? Was it something akin to an involuntary twitch? Or did it feel like a decision forged by free will? No one knew for sure until they implanted it in a human.
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