Free Will – another opinion

Jonah Lehrer from The Frontal Cortex believes that free will exists. I can’t say that the post’s information has much relation to that topic, but he does bring about some interesting notes about the plasticity and chaos in the human brain.

Regarding free will, in order to claim that there exists free will, we need to claim that there exists some “I” which can have this will. Each and every one of us claims that they have this “I” (in fact, it is the only thing a person can be sure of), but since we can’t even prove that it exists for another person (or animal), how can we give it traits such as “free will”?


6 comments so far

  1. Sunil on

    In fact the arguments that has put out by Jonah in favor of free will (neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity) is also paradoxically against it. In many cases human beings create executive actions aided by the following :
    1. Experience driven genetic modifications fostered by the environment leading to plasticity of neural substrates
    2. Original environmental experiences codified and wired into an individual’s brain augumented by the process of neurogenesis.
    Propagating these two arguments for ‘free will’ does not seem to cut it for me…

  2. mongo on

    if time doesn’t really exist then does free will exist?

  3. Ran Halprin on

    I think it’s pretty obvious that time exists… It’s just its properties that might be quite different then what we believe. The mere idea of time as an existential dimension makes free will problematic – If you look at an object over one of its 3 dimensions, there’s no reason to think segments of this dimension alter the continuance of it.

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