Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

On free will.  §

“I would instead argue for a middle ground between these two extremes. I suspect that freedom of will lies on a continuum, with some people having almost complete freedom in their actions, while others have relatively little freedom of will. Rather than viewing intent in black and white, all-or-nothing terms as the law (with few exceptions) does, it is likely that there are shades of gray, with most of us lying between the extremes. I would argue that early social, biological, and genetic mechanisms play substantial roles in shaping freedom of will… and that for some, freedom of will is constrained early in life due to brain dysfunction beyond their control. Brain dysfunction would be a primary process in constraining free will.”

(Adrian Raine)

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