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  1. #1 brain actually decides action before your aware of it. 
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    A team of scientists has unraveled how the brain actually unconsciously prepares our decisions. Even several seconds before we consciously make a decision its outcome can be predicted from unconscious activity in the brain.


    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0414145705.htm

    What does this mean for free will? It seems that reality is actually happening much faster than we are aware of. Thoughts?[/url]


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildstar
    A team of scientists has unraveled how the brain actually unconsciously prepares our decisions. Even several seconds before we consciously make a decision its outcome can be predicted from unconscious activity in the brain.


    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0414145705.htm

    What does this mean for free will? It seems that reality is actually happening much faster than we are aware of. Thoughts?[/url]
    I believe we are, in any case, best off thinking of free will in the compatibilist sense: requiring the balance of knowledge and moral responsibility. It is futile to seek free will in physiology (in despite of Roger Penrose's attempts to find consciousness there) and while studies like this may help shake our smug sense of being unitary entities, they still do not make too much of a difference to the moral responsibilities we require each other to fulfil.


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    If we don't consciously make all of our choices what does that mean for fulfilling our moral obligations. Are we doing the right things subconsciously. If we are then ego is not usually the thing we stroke when we do good things. What are we satisfying when we do anything?
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