Posted: Nov 29, 2016 2:25 pm
by newolder
LucidFlight wrote:
Fenrir wrote:
archibald wrote:

In one of the experiments I linked to, the researcher found that the brain makes a decision before (up to 7 seconds before) the brain's owner becomes aware of it, to the extent that the researchers can predict, significantly above chance, what the brain's owner will do before he or she either does it or is conscious of having decided to do it.

That appears to undermine the idea of free will, and I would love to hear how it does not.

I don't see how this undermines the possibility of free will. Just because I am not conscious of making a decision does not mean I did not. Much is happening below the surface, so what if I'm not directly aware of it?

Unless you cobsider my subconscious as not part of me.

Interesting point. It is possible to non-consciously enact free will?



And how would that work?

Subconsciously and of my own free will I continue to sleep until such a time that I’m awake. The waking process may relate to external influence, sometimes.

Do some relevant brain cells fire much earlier than 7 seconds before I wake? :dunno:

I could sleep for England, btw. :yawn: