On 11/29/2012 2:31 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:

    The study showed that within 60 milliseconds, the right posterior
    superior temporal sulcus (also known as TPJ area), located in the
    back of the brain, was first activated, with different activity
    depending on *whether the harm was intentional or accidental*. It
    was followed in quick succession by the amygdala, often linked
    with emotion, and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (180
    milliseconds), the portion of the brain that plays a critical role
    in moral decision-making.

    There was no such response in the amygdala and ventromedial
    prefrontal cortex when the harm was accidental.


Seems like being able to tell the difference between an accident and free will is a top priority for human consciousness. Under .06 seconds. That's more than three times faster than it takes to recognize an emotion in a human face.
Hi Craig,

This is interesting as it shows the importance of distinguishing accidental from intentional acts. The former need to response as they where, in a sense, unavoidable since there is not way to avoid such in the future, but the latter can be avoided by some subsequent action. This seems to point to a built in understanding of causality and probability in the 'hardware'.



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