On 8/9/2012 12:06 AM, Russell Standish wrote:
IIUC, the delays in question are between when the brain plans
(possibly decides) (the action potential) to do a course of action,
and when the mind becomes consciously aware of the decision.

Why would a several second delay between these two events have any
implications on the existence or otherwise of free will?

I think it is that in the 'spirit' conception of mind, all thought is conscious thought. So if there is an unconscious physical process that is causally connected to the decision that is evidence against the 'spirits free will'.

Of course it has no implications for compatibilist 'free will'.


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