Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will

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  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 11 February 2016
  • ISBN : 9780128052891
  • Page : 118 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 103 voters

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Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will makes a series of arguments that certain human behaviors are impossible to explain in the absence of free will, and that free will emerges from materialistic processes of brain function. It outlines future directions for neuroscience studies that can harness emerging technologies and tools for systems-level analysis. All humans have the sensation that they consciously will certain things to happen and that, in the absence of external constraints, they are free to choose from among alternatives. This notion of free will is deemed obvious by the average person based on common experience. Free will is frequently defended with arguments stemming from social, legal, philosophical, and religious perspectives. But these arguments appeal to consequences—not causes—of choices and decisions. In the past 3 decades, debate has raged within the scientific community over whether free will is in fact an illusion. Because free will would require conscious agency, the supporting corollary is that consciousness itself cannot do anything and is merely an observer rather than an actor. Considers arguments for and against free will from religious, social, legal, and neuroscience perspectives Provides thorough coverage of the manifold human behaviors that can be explained only by free will, from consciousness to creativity Outlines future directions for further neuroscience research into the topic

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Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will

Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will
  • Author : William R. Klemm
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-11
  • ISBN : 9780128052891
DOWNLOAD BOOKMaking a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will

Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will makes a series of arguments that certain human behaviors are impossible to explain in the absence of free will, and that free will emerges from materialistic processes of brain function. It outlines future directions for neuroscience studies that can harness emerging technologies and tools for systems-level analysis. All humans have the sensation that they consciously will certain things to happen and that, in the absence of external constraints, they are

Why Free Will Is Real

Why Free Will Is Real
  • Author : Christian List
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-06
  • ISBN : 9780674239814
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Many scientists and scientifically-minded philosophers are skeptical that free will exists. In clear, scientifically rigorous terms, Christian List explains that free will is like other real phenomena that emerge from physical laws but are autonomous from them—like an ecosystem or the economy—and are indispensable for explaining our world.

Free Will

Free Will
  • Author : Sam Harris
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-03-06
  • ISBN : 9781451683400
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The physiologist Benjamin Libet famously demonstrated that activity in the brain's motor regions can be detected some 300 milliseconds before a person feels that he has decided to move. Another lab recently used fMRI data to show that some "conscious" decisions can be predicted up to 10 seconds before they enter awareness (long before the preparatory motor activity detected by Libet). Clearly, findings of this kind are difficult to reconcile with the sense that one is the conscious source of one's actions.

Is Science Compatible with Free Will?

Is Science Compatible with Free Will?
  • Author : Antoine Suarez,Peter Adams
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2012-12-22
  • ISBN : 9781461452126
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Anyone who claims the right ‘to choose how to live their life’ excludes any purely deterministic description of their brain in terms of genes, chemicals or environmental influences. For example, when an author of a text expresses his thoughts, he assumes that, in typing the text, he governs the firing of the neurons in his brain and the movement of his fingers through the exercise of his own free will: what he writes is not completely pre-determined at the beginning

Free Will and Consciousness

Free Will and Consciousness
  • Author : Gregg D. Caruso
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2012
  • ISBN : 9780739171363
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This book argues two main things: The first is that there is no such thing as free will—at least not in the sense most ordinary folk take to be central or fundamental; the second is that the strong and pervasive belief in free will can be accounted for through a careful analysis of our phenomenology and a proper theoretical understanding of consciousness.

Decomposing the Will

Decomposing the Will
  • Author : Andy Clark,Julian Kiverstein,Tillmann Vierkant
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-02-25
  • ISBN : 9780199876877
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There is growing evidence from the science of human behavior that our everyday, folk understanding of ourselves as conscious, rational, responsible agents may be radically mistaken. The science, some argue, recommends a view of conscious agency as merely epiphenomenal: an impotent accompaniment to the whirring unconscious machinery (the inner zombie) that prepares, decides and causes our behavior. The new essays in this volume display and explore this radical claim, revisiting the folk concept of the responsible agent after abandoning the

Atoms of Mind

Atoms of Mind
  • Author : W.R. Klemm
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2011-04-20
  • ISBN : 9789400710979
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This book describes the author’s view of how the mind “thinks” at various levels of operation. These levels include nonconscious mind (as in spinal/brainstem reflexes and neuroendocrine controls), subconscious mind, and conscious mind. In the attempt to explain conscious mind, there is considerable critique of arguments over whether or not free will is an illusion. Finally, the author summarizes current leading theories for consciousness (Bayesian probability, chaos, and quantum mechanics) and then presents his own theory based on

Free Will and Modern Science

Free Will and Modern Science
  • Author : Richard Swinburne
  • Publisher : OUP/British Academy
  • Release Date : 2011-12-01
  • ISBN : 0197264891
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Do humans have the kind of free will which makes them morally responsible for their actions? Essays by distinguished scientists and philosophers investigate whether neuroscience, Quantum theory or mathematics show that human behaviour is or is not fully determined by prior brain states.