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Subject: Re: Free Will Date: 2/19/2013 9:00 AM
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An even weirder or perhaps scarier finding, is that scientists can use advanced brain imagery to determine when people make decisions. It turns out that people actually make decisions before they are consciously aware that they have made the decision. So do we actually make decisions or does our neural network brain make the decision and then we interpret that decision after the fact as something over which our consciousness had ultimate power?



I've come across these studies too and find them very fascinating. Apparently, it's something like a few seconds before when their decision is made, but the conscious mind doesn't realize it until later.

However, here's one exception though. Imagine if you were testing your reflexes. and in front of you are two lights, side by side. And you are told to hit one of the two buttons that lights up. I've done this at science museums and such and can do this (and make a decision to hit the left or right button) within like 0.20-0.30 seconds , which is just barely an instant. Or maybe, you catch a fork falling off the dinner table....or avoid hitting an oncoming car. How do these decision differ from the ones in which a neuroscientists can detect your decision making seconds in advance of your conscious mind doing so?
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