Posted: Jan 08, 2017 3:57 pm
by ughaibu
DavidMcC wrote:I stand by my criticism of Sam Harris' interpretation of the Libet experiment, based on the timing of measured neural signals. (BTW, I went into rather more detail way back in this thread.)
The denialist claim is that because Libet's action potential preceded the subject's announcement of their decision, the action had been initiated before the subject was aware of it. Subsequent experiments showed that the action potential occurs even without action, and more recently, that redesigning the experiment eliminates the action potential entirely. In short, Libet's action potential was both misinterpreted and an artifact of poor experimental design.
Anyone who thinks that Libet's result challenges the reality of free will is seriously mistaken.