Free Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free Will

ISBN-10: 0199371628

ISBN-13: 9780199371624

Edition: 2014

Authors: Alfred R. Mele
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Description: Has science proved that free will is an illusion? Some people say yes, citing experiments in neuroscience and psychology. The answer defended here is an emphatic no. Philosopher Alfred R. Mele here describes the crucial free will experiments in clear and simple language and lays out the most important problems with the claim that science has disproved free will.Some neuroscientists argue that our decisions are produced unconsciously by our brains and that we become aware of them only after the fact. If our decisions are made unconsciously, it seems that it's not up to us what we decide; and that certainly looks like bad news for free will. Various experiments in psychology are said to show that we have very little control over our behavior. According to some researchers, human behavior is largely driven by the situations in which we find ourselves and the effects these situations have on unconscious, automatic behavior-producing processes. They say that no room is left for free will.In this book, Mele examines the most influential experiments cited in support of the idea that free will is an illusion, and he convincingly explains why these experiments fall far short of ruling out free will. Mele deftly demonstrates that the experimental findings are actually consistent with our making many of our decisions consciously and with our having considerable control over many of our decisions and actions. He also sheds light on the implications of hard evidence that conscious decisions and intentions have important effects on our behavior.

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Size: 5.31" wide x 7.36" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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