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Neuroscience Suggests Lack of Free Will?

Humans have debated the issue of free will for millennia. But over the past several years, while the philosophers continue to argue about the metaphysical underpinnings of human choice, an increasing number of neuroscientists have started to tackle the issue head on — quite literally. And some of them believe that their experiments reveal that our subjective experience of freedom may be nothing more than an illusion. Here's why you probably don't have free will.

Indeed, historically speaking, philosophers have had plenty to say on the matter. Their ruminations have given rise to such considerations as cosmological determinism (the notion that everything proceeds over the course of time in a predictable way, making free will impossible), indeterminism (the idea that the universe and our actions within it are random, also making free will impossible), and cosmological libertarianism/compatibilism (the suggestion that free will is logically compatible with deterministic views of the universe).

Source: io9. Read full article. (link)

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  • Marshall Gill||

    And some of them believe that their experiments reveal that our subjective experience of freedom may be nothing more than an illusion.

    I believe that they are probably statist douches. How is my belief more relevant than theirs? Because they are scientists? Show me the science, don't tell me what they "believe".

    What, no more openings in the AGW "sciences"?

  • Live Free or Diet||

    The big problem here from what I can see is that the game is rigged. Notice their choices are basically random or set, each of which say we are helpless. The third option simply adds that you're responsible anyway.
    There's no accounting here for even the known phenomenon of creativity.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Can't... Help... Myself...
    Writing... Smartass... Reply...
    Must... Imply... Bullshit...

  • Ted Levy||

    Neuroscience requests that you consider this new information and determine whether or not to believe it so as determine whether or not you have the ability to freely judge information and choose whether or not to believe it...

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