“Neuroscience reveals that the concept of free will is without meaning”

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The Chronicle of Higher Education — March 18, 2012

You Don’t Have Free Will
By Jerry A. Coyne
The term “free will” has so many diverse connotations that I’m obliged to define it before I explain why we don’t have it. I construe free will the way I think most people do: At the moment when you have to decide among alternatives, you have free will if you could have chosen otherwise. To put it more technically, if you could rerun the tape of your life up to the moment you make a choice, with every aspect of the universe configured identically, free will means that your choice could have been different. Continue reading

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The Latest Brief on Brain, Science and Mind — Head of NIMH

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Excerpted from article by head of NIMH —

“Science teaches us how to analyze data, separating information from marketing. A few basic principles that are the bedrock of scientific thinking, like “correlation is not causation,” are sadly missed by high school and college graduates who thought that science was learning facts and not learning a way of thinking. Continue reading

“The conscious rational brain isn’t the Oval Office; it isn’t there making executive decisions in our minds. It’s actually the press office issuing explanations for actions we’ve already taken.”

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Basic Principals of Biology — Luck/Chance/Uncertainty is a Big One

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1. Inheritance with memory: life is one continuous history, from the beginning 4 billion years ago to now, and cells ‘remember’ what they’ve inherited and carry it forth (except for changes, such as mutations in DNA); Continue reading