Illusion of free will

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Chapter 4 endnote 11, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:

Your brain also uses prediction to initiate your body’s movements, like reaching your arm out to pick up an apple or dashing away from a snake. These predictions occur before you have any conscious awareness or intent about moving your body. Neuroscientists and psychologists call this phenomenon “the illusion of free will.”

See these references to learn more about the debate on free will.[1][2][3][4][5]


Notes on the Notes

  1. Bear, Adam. 2016. "What Neuroscience Says about Free Will." Scientific American, April 28.
  2. Wegner, Daniel M. 2002. The Illusion of Conscious Will. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  3. Harris, Sam. 2012. Free Will. Simon and Schuster.
  4. Dennett, Daniel C. 2004. Freedom Evolves. Penguin UK.
  5. Neuroscience of free will (Wikipedia).