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Does Contemporary Neuroscience Support or Challenge the Reality of Free Will? | Big Questions Online

Does Contemporary Neuroscience Support or Challenge the Reality of Free Will? | Big Questions Online | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Again, this piece does not offer anything new to the debate, it makes some minor criticisms of the "Willusionists" but barely scratches the surface. I include it because it helps summarise a small part of the discussion and also shows how active this issue is right now. 

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Contrary to Previous Findings, Science Indicates that Free Will Does Exist

Contrary to Previous Findings, Science Indicates that Free Will Does Exist | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it
In the 1980s, Benjamin Libet conducted a series of experiments that caused him to question the idea of free will. Recently research has emerged that has challenged that idea, saying that free will does exist.
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The Seat of Meta-Consciousness in the Brain

The Seat of Meta-Consciousness in the Brain | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Many writers have speculated recently whether lucid dreaming is relevant to the study of consciousness, since the difference between normal and lucid dreaming is a degree of normal self-consciousness. Understanding the difference then between the brain function during each of two dream states might help to understand how concsiousness is expressed or formed in the brain. The work discussed here is serious neuroscience around this idea. 

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Stephen Wolfram (and I) on free will « Why Evolution Is True

Stephen Wolfram (and I) on free will « Why Evolution Is True | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

More good debate on the free will isue from WEIT. Usually these topics start a 2-3 day debate that it is always worth reading. I find many commenters of blogs tend to have a better perspective on these issues than writers of blogs themselves. 

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Which way will your brain vote? - Telegraph.co.uk

Which way will your brain vote? - Telegraph.co.uk | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

This discusses how your biology may be responsible for the way that you vote (and hence make decisions generally) and is therefore analogous to the wider issue of free-will. 

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philosophy bites: Adina Roskies on Neuroscience and Free Will

philosophy bites: Adina Roskies on Neuroscience and Free Will | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it
Recent research in neuroscience following on from the pioneering work of Benjamin Libet seems to point to the disconcerting conclusion that free will is an illusion. Adina Roskies of Dartmouth College is not convinced that this conclusion follows.
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Free will as moral competence: Professor Daniel Dennett.

A talk from Dennett on free will. He describes how his view has been misunderstood and explains clearly his compatibilist position. 

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Jon's comment, August 21, 2012 4:33 PM
Does Dennett make sense to anyone?

If we speak of free-will that is nevertheless 'determined', have we changed the meaning of free-will to the point that we are now discussing a question that nobody was asking in the first place?
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Vic Stenger's new book on science and faith (and his take on free ...

Vic Stenger's new book on science and faith (and his take on free ... | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Jerry Coyne's review of Vic Stenger's new book. As usual, the discussion following Jerry's blog is of excellent quality and concentrates on the free will debate. 

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Will This Post Make Sam Harris Change His Mind About Free Will? | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network

Will This Post Make Sam Harris Change His Mind About Free Will? | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

The author spends at least 6 of 16 paragraphs attacking Harris ad-hominen and as far as I can see makes no interesting contribution to the debate on free will. I include it because it is rare to see someone still peddling dualism, though the strength of his argument is that we clearly 'are not just physical'.

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Free Will and “Free Will” : How my view differs from Daniel Dennett's : Sam Harris

Free Will and “Free Will” : How my view differs from Daniel Dennett's : Sam Harris | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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Jerry Coyne on free will | Talking Philosophy

This is a philosopher's response to the Chronicle of Higher Education's pieces on Free Will, in particular Jerry Coyne's piece, which took the strongest stance on free will being an illusion. The author does not agree with Coyne's assertion that Compatibilists re-define free will to meet their own needs. The author says that this is motivated more by capacities such as the 'the ability to deliberate about what I most value or desire in a situation' and not through cynicism. I do not see how this makes any differenec to Coyne's argument since the redefinition is in place, regardless of the validity and poingancy of the motivating thoughts/feelings. But this is a well thought-out and well written response that raises many other good points. Coyne's response to this response can be found here http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/brother-blackford-criticizes-my-take-on-free-will/

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Neuroscience and Free Will

In this clip, Marcus Du Sautoy (Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and current Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science) p...
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Can we live without free will? - New Scientist

Can we live without free will? - New Scientist | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Not a very insightful article from New Scientist, but I include it here because there is another good discussion amongst commenters on the site. 

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What Is the Fundamental Nature of Consciousness? [Excerpt]: Scientific American

What Is the Fundamental Nature of Consciousness? [Excerpt]: Scientific American | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Giulio Tononi's PHI: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul takes the reader on an imaginative tour in which Galileo tries to discover an explanation for our conscious selves...
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‘Free Will,’ by Sam Harris

‘Free Will,’ by Sam Harris | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

NYT review of Sam Harris. It reads like somebody trying to get to terms with the arugument, rather than bringing any new ideas to the table. 

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Problems with Plantinga's free will defense: the way detailed version ...

Problems with Plantinga's free will defense: the way detailed version ... | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

As is often the case, the blog is good but the discussion following it is better. 

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Free Will Is an Illusion - Huffington Post

Free Will Is an Illusion - Huffington Post | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it
Free Will Is an IllusionHuffington PostThis recognition challenges fundamental assumptions about free will and the associated religious teachings about sin and redemption, as well as our judicial concepts of responsibility and punishment.
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The Illusion of the Self : An Interview with Bruce Hood : Sam Harris

The Illusion of the Self : An Interview with Bruce Hood : Sam Harris | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Sam Harris interviews cognitive scientist Bruce Hood on the illusion of self. It's not directly about free will but there is a lot of cross-over in terms in terms of how some people see free will as being an illusion created by the brain in order for survival.

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Is Free Will a Delusion? An Evening with David Eagleman ...

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Does neuroscience prove that there is no free will? This is one of the biggest questions on the lips of the intelligentsia these days. Do we have influence over the events of our lives? Can we direct the unfolding future of the ...
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3:AM Magazine » Causal machines

3:AM Magazine » Causal machines | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Excellent interview with Patricia Churchland, a prominent natural philosoper who has a good deal to say about the evolution of consciousness, evolutionary basis of morality and neuroscience. 

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Primitive consciousness emerges first as you awaken from anesthesia | KurzweilAI

Primitive consciousness emerges first as you awaken from anesthesia | KurzweilAI | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it
The emergence of consciousness after general anesthesia has been imaged and found to be associated with activations of deep, primitive brain structures, (Primitive consciousness emerges first as you awaken from anesthesia http://t.co/mdgMAzoB...
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Alfred Mele on free will | Talking Philosophy

Russell Blackford's series responding the Chronicle's of Higher Education's pieces on free will. This is his response to Mele. In Mele's original piece and this repsonse there is too much credence given to what people think they know or experience freely. I think the whole essense of the modern argument, stemming frome experiments in neuroscience, is that subjective experience is largeley irrelevant to the conversation. 

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Sam Harris on "Free Will"

SAM HARRIS IS THE AUTHOR of the New Work Times bestsellers, The Moral Landscape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation. His new book is short (96...
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Is Free Will an Illusion? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Is Free Will an Illusion? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Do we have free will? | Scoop.it

Six essays by prominent writers on free will. 

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