With an all star cast on an extremely hot topic, this book provides an important contribution to the growing interdisciplinary field of free will. Top-down causation is explored, as are the ethical and legal implications of our understanding of free will.
and Overview.- and Overview.- I: Physics, Emergence, and Complex Systems.- Free Will, Physics, Biology, and the Brain.- Human Freedom "Emergence".- Top-Down Causation and the Human Brain.- Top-Down Causation and Autonomy in Complex Systems.- Toward a Complementary Neuroscience: Metastable Coordination Dynamics of the Brain.- II: Volition and Consciousness: Are They Illusions?.- Physiology of Volition.- How We Recognize Our Own Actions.- Volition and the Function of Consciousness.- III: Broader Understandings of Volition and Consciousness.- Conscious Willing and the Emerging Sciences of Brain and Behavior.- Contemplative Neuroscience as an Approach to Volitional Consciousness.- Free Will Top-Down Control in the Brain.- Thinking beyond the Bereitschaftspotential: Consciousness of Self and Others as a Necessary Condition for Change.- IV: Human Implications of the Debate.- Criminal Responsibility, Free Will, and Neuroscience.- Law, Responsibility, and the Brain.- The Controversy over Brain Research.
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