"A new theory of brain function by Peter Ulric Tse, a professor of
cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College, suggests that free will is
real and has a biophysical basis in the microscopic workings of our brain
Tse's findings, which contradict recent claims by neuroscientists and
philosophers that free will is an illusion, have theological, ethical,
scientific and legal implications for human behavior, such as whether
people are accountable for their decisions and actions. His book shows how
free will works in the brain by examining its information-processing
architecture at the level of neural connections. He offers a testable
hypothesis of how the mental causes the physical.
In contrast with philosophers who use logic rather than data to argue
whether mental causation or consciousness can exist, he explores these
issues by starting with neuroscientific data. Recent neurophysiological
breakthroughs reveal that neurons evaluate information they receive, which
can change the way that other neurons will evaluate information and "fire"
in the future. Tse's research shows that such informational causation
cannot change the physical basis of current information, but it can change
the neuronal basis of future mental events. This gets around the standard
argument against free will that is based on the impossibility of
self-causation. Tse lays out his argument in his new book titled "The
Neural Basis of Free
Another nail in the coffin of simplistic physical models of consciousness.
I noticed that his view seems to completely support my ideas about
consciousness being longitudinal through private time rather than publicly
accessible during any given moment. His findings seem to suggest a
panpsychic, sub-personal, and sense-based (informational causation)
biophysiology in which "the mental causes the physical."
So yeah. It's not random or determined by physics, rather it is intention
which drives physics on many different and conflicting scales.
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