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Does 'free will' stem from brain noise?

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"How do we behave independently of cause and effect?" said Jesse Bengson, a postdoctoral researcher at the center and first author on the paper. "This shows how arbitrary states in the brain can influence apparently voluntary decisions....Libet's experiment raised questions of free will -- if our brain is preparing to act before we know we are going to act, how do we make a conscious decision to act? The new work, though, shows how "brain noise" might actually create the opening for free will, Bengson said.

"It inserts a random effect that allows us to be freed from simple cause and effect," he said.

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140609153508.htm

 

Interesting article and study.

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These things are only truly random if quantum effects are ontologically random.

I don't think anyone in the research cited quantum effects at all. Why did you bother to bring them up?

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I don't think anyone in the research cited quantum effects at all. Why did you bother to bring them up?

Oops, I may have been conflating this with another article I read.

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