Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will


Not quite what I expected:

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will

We’re convinced that it exists, but new research suggests it might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

Adam Bear | April 28, 2016 | Scientific American Mind

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May 17, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, neuroscience | | Leave a comment

The “Interpreter” in Your Head Spins Stories to Make Sense of the World

Tantalizing excerpt from the book Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain, by Michael Gazzaniga.  Published August 1, 2012 on — more of similar stories in their special issue The Brain, which you can preview and buy here.

The “Interpreter” in Your Head Spins Stories to Make Sense of the World

Our left hemisphere tweaks 
the facts and allows us to feel like we’re 
in charge, experiments with 
split-brain patients reveal.

by Michael S. Gazzaniga

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August 6, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making | , , , | Leave a comment

Keep believing in free will

The question of free will is a subject of debate, but it’s not the focus here.  This article looks at how believing (or not)  in free will affects human behaviour.  The quote below grabs the essence — but the full article below is worth reading.

“…findings demonstrating the antisocial consequences of viewing individual human beings as hapless pin balls trapped in a mechanical system…”

April 19, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, philosophy, psychology | | Leave a comment