Recent research in neuroscience following on from the pioneering work of Benjamin Libet seems to point to the disconcerting conclusion that free will is an illusion. Adina Roskies of Dartmouth College is not convinced that this conclusion follows. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explains to David Edmonds why the conclusion that free will is an illusion is far stronger than the evidence warrants.
What is up to us? Are we just the product of the things that happen to us, or do we have some control over what we do? Paul Russell grapples with questions about the role of fate and luck in our lives for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
We often blame people for what they do or fail to do. But that implies
that they were free to choose whether or not to act in the way they
did. At the same time science seems to reveal prior causes of all our
actions. There seems little or no room for free will. In this episode
of Philosophy BitesThomas Pink, author of Free Will: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the Free Will Problem and outlines his own approach to it.