On Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:05:32 PM UTC-5, Stephen Paul King wrote:
>  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.
> http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/11/28/moral-evaluations-harm-are-instant-and-emotional-brain-study-shows
> 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'. 
> -- 
> Onward!
> Stephen
Exactly. It seems to me that this relatively instantaneous awareness of the 
situation as a meaningful gestalt runs completely contrary to what we would 
expect in a comp world, where determinations of agency should be a long, 
esoteric computation. If free will were, after all, an illusion, then there 
would really be not much of an advantage in discerning intention to cause 
harm from a simple propensity to cause harm.


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