The Israeli Social Experiment That Will Shake Up Your Belief in Free Will

The 18 people in the room follow random instructions from a computer: Welcome to the Lottery, a new type of social structure.

At about 7 o’clock on a recent Thursday evening, a crowd started to gather outside an old building in one of the alleyways of Jaffa’s Old City. Most of the 70 or so people assembled had never met before, and those who had were asked to separate from each other later on. While waiting for the doors to open, the members of the group were busy with their own private affairs: Those who didn’t come alone conversed...