Posts Tagged ‘readiness potential’

Volition and the readiness potential

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Gilberto Gomes Volition and the Readiness Potential Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6 Nos 8-9, pp. 59-76 Gomes appears to discuss the whole question of free will, from the basic assumption of a deterministic world, qualified by some macroscopic impact from the quantum level. As the latter is random, it is also deemed irrelevant for freewill. He assumes that what he calls the naturalistic view of the physical world means that the mind Read more […]

Libet challenged

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Anil Ananthaswamy, based on Aaron Schurger at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research France, and on Judy Trevena & Jeff Miller at the University of Otago New Scientist, 11 August 2012 Libet’s experiments have been the cornerstone of the late twentieth century orthodoxy’s refutation of freewill. A minority of critics have argued that these experiments only referred to trivial and predetermined movements, rather than longer term or deliberative decisions that might be involved Read more […]

Conscious intention and brain activity

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Conscious Intention & Brain Activity Peter Haggard, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London  & Benjamin Libet Journal of Consciousness Studies, 8, No. 11, 2001, pp. 47-63 Haggard advances the idea that conscious awareness of intention is linked to the choice of a specific action, rather than the initiation of an action process. Libet’s experiments had suggested that readiness potentials for action happened before the consciousness of volition to act. Read more […]