It is much easier to talk about the mind as a “meat robot” than about the reality, especially these days, when a Twitter putdown or TED talk is all you need by way of an argument. Few will bother to seek out someone who knows why it’s absolute nonsense.
Here’s more from Dr. Egnor, neurosurgeon, on the mind and free will:
Hamlet: Did His Perplexing Neurotransmitters Cause the Tragedy? The neuroscientist working from a mechanical perspective would study the material and efficient causes of Hamlet’s act of revenge.
Yes, your brain is a machine—if you choose to see it that way
Does your brain construct your conscious reality? Part I
A reply to computational neuroscientist Anil Seth’s recent TED talk
Does your brain construct your conscious reality? Part II In a word, no. Your brain doesn’t “think”; YOU think, using your brain
Does brain stimulation research challenge free will?
Is Free Will a Dangerous Myth?
The brain is not a “meat computer”
AI is indeed a threat to democracy But not in quite the way historian Yuval Noah Harari thinks
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