Researchers: Neuroscience has not “disproved” free will
|March 16, 2018||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mind|
For several decades, some researchers have argued that neuroscience studies prove human actions are driven by external stimuli — that the brain is reactive and free will is an illusion. But a new analysis of these studies shows that many contained methodological inconsistencies and conflicting results.
And this isn’t a problem solely within the neuroscience community. Earlier work by Dubljevic and his collaborators found challenges in how this area of research has been covered by the press and consumed by the public.
“To be clear, we’re not taking a position on free will,” Dubljevic says. “We’re just saying neuroscience hasn’t definitively proven anything one way or the other.” Paper. (paywall) – Victoria Saigle, Veljko Dubljević, Eric Racine. The Impact of a Landmark Neuroscience Study on Free Will: A Qualitative Analysis of Articles Using Libet and Colleagues’ Methods. AJOB Neuroscience, 2018; 9 (1): 29 DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2018.1425756 (paywall) More.
The presumption that there is no free will (so decisions don’t really matter) has nothing to do with neuroscience. But it is central for naturalist plans for our global future. Therefore, studies that disprove free will (and therefore, the legitimacy of voter choice) will always be funded. In today;s w on evidence, reliance on facts may cause us to be treated with suspicion.
And if you vote for the consequences, you own them. So, unfortunately does everyone else, if you are part of a majority. You voted us all off the island.
See also: GP, Mike Pence and Free Will
At Physics Central: How human beings can have free will as complex, purely physical systems
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How can we believe in naturalism if we have no choice?