Fate, Freedom, and Neuroscience: The science of free will

Fate, Freedom, and Neuroscience: The science of free will

Some neuroscientists claim to be able to predict actions up to seven seconds before we decide to make them. Does this mean human freedom and will are illusory? Should we accept that all our actions are determined in advance, or has neuroscience overstepped its bounds?


The Panel

Oxford neuroscientist Nayef Al Rodhan, East End psychiatrist and broadcaster Mark Salter, and LSE philosopher Kristina Musholt debate the limits of science.

By "The Institute of Art and Ideas" - IAI.tv

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Tags: iai, neuroscience


Karen 3 years ago

'God' is not an 'idea'. Facts are not ideas.

Brian Steere 3 years ago

Free will includes freedom to accept self-definition that create the experience of life as a conditioned mechanism. It remains free throughout the experience - but is not believed available within the choice to self-limitation and so is not used - or rather is used to persist in choosing limitation. One Always chooses to move toward pleasure and away from pain AS ONE"S BELIEF DEFINE IT. In this sense believed definitions are the template level of consciousness and are generally INVISIBLE as the structure of consciousness/world through which we then experience a unique focus or life experience. The personality construct is somewhat of a probe extending into physical experience that already has specific template parameters and which grows and adapts at the level of its own freedom - within the context of the template level themes. The unified Self is such that all parts are in communication AS the totality of the experience, template definitions, feeling, thinking, and emotional and physical reinforcement. The segregated self is such as believes itself autonomous at the personality level - and identifies exclusively with the thinking and emotions that reinforce the personality 'ego' or self concept. Freedom at the Soul or being level is the freedom to be - while at the ego level is the freedom to do. But one can only choose as one's already accepted and active self-definitions have defined - and such action is the expression or manifestation of those largely unconscious choices which have both individual and collective facets. It could be said that freedom is experience. Your experience is your freedom to define, and identify with your definition, reflected and reinforced. One can change one's core beliefs - from within the focus of a lifetime, but no one can change what first they do not own and here is the acceptance of free will as the foundation of Consciousness Responsibility. You are Existence Itself - with no way to EXPERIENCE your existence but through your free willingness to define and thus differentiate imaginatively as Subject, relative to the experience of object. This is the self/other-self polarity within Self that has no 'other'. All experience is the reflection of facets of Infinity - also known as Creation. The level of the segregated or disconnected ego is associated as self division, conflict and fear and as such runs as a kind of virtual layer of disconnected belief-experience, that operates as a distorting lens or filter upon the consciousness of All That Is. The noticing and observation of such distortion, is the reawakening of the freedom to own one's choice as one's own instead of ascribing it to external circumstance. Now your wheels are back in touch with the road, you are free to choose anew. The basis for choice is resonance and relevance to your primary desire or joy. If you no longer define joy in terms of prevailing over self-conflicted invalidation, you are free to be able to focus and extend your presence spontaneously instead of struggling within terms of coercion. I've sketched this as an invitation to Consciousness Responsibility. The segregative self-sense invokes rationality to support its symbolic act of divorce and disconnection from Life - from Consciousness as the recognition of One in All and All in the One. Rationality is in this sense used as a substitute and replacement for intuitive discernment, although of course it relies on the original to have a seemingly autonomous exist, and so redefines and subverts all such 'messengers' within its own framework of meanings. The reintegrative self-sense extends logically as congruency and resonance and is creatively engaged and participant in the movement of its being - rather than the distractions of its own thought. The Idea 'God' can like any idea or symbol, be used in differing context of personal agenda to take on the meaning that such context dictates. One Intimate and ecstatic meaning of the term 'God' is one's Source Consciousness and true presence. The One, is not coercive upon, for it knows Itself in All That Is. The Nature of Consciousness is both Gift and creative extension. The extension of 'gifts' unlike your Source Nature could be called a 'mis-creative projection'. For the multiplying abundance of debt, guilt, lack, conflict, disease and fearful attempt to re-brand all things in ever more complex and convoluted definitions is a learning failure; a system of depletion and collapse that reinforces the demand and attempt to command and control. The mechanism is a device designed to serve Life-purpose. Uncovering the nature of the mechanism in merely material terms is the denial of Life-purpose. This must be realized as meaningless before it can be abandoned. The mind has its own 'black ops', deceits and subterfuges. A segregative rationality is one of its favourite tools.

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