So we hear at The Atlantic, where we might just as well have heard the opposite:
In recent decades, debates about free will have always included discussion of Benjamin Libet’s “no free will but maybe free won’t” position, an (at best) minimized version of free will. But recent research suggests that the original experiment had a fatal error…
Still, the experiment enabled decades of textbook claims that free will is doubtful, with the frequent implication that, in time, it will be debunked.
The problem is, Gholipour recounts, readiness potentials are not quite what Libet thought.
Denyse O’Leary, “Was famous old evidence against free will just debunked?” at Mind Matters News
If it was just noise, you may not hear that any time soon from the textbook mill.
Further reading on free will:
Why do atheists still claim that free will can’t exist? Sam Harris reduces everything to physics but then ignores quantum non-determinism (Eric Holloway)
Younger thinkers now argue that free will is real. The laws of physics do not rule it out, they say.
Quantum randomness gives nature free will. Whether or not quantum randomness explains how our brains work, it may help us create unbreakable encryption codes. (Robert J. Marks)
Do quasars provide evidence for free will? Possibly. They certainly rule out experimenter interference.
Is free will a dangerous myth? The denial of free will is a much more dangerous myth.
Can physics prove there is no free will? No, but it can make physicists incoherent when they write about free will. It’s hilarious. Sabine Hossenfelder misses the irony that she insists that people “change their minds” by accepting her assertion that they… can’t change their minds.
Does “alien hand syndrome” show that we don’t really have free will? One woman’s left hand seemed to have a mind of its own. Did it? Alien hand syndrome doesn’t mean that free will is not real. In fact, it clarifies exactly what free will is and what it isn’t. (Michael Egnor)
How can mere products of nature have free will? Materialists don’t like the outcome of their philosophy but twisting logic won’t change it.
Does brain stimulation research challenge free will? If we can be forced to want something, is the will still free?
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