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The Neural Basis of Free WillCriterial Causation$
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Peter Ulric Tse

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019101

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019101.001.0001

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Introduction: The Mind–Body Problem Will Be Solved by Neuroscience

Introduction: The Mind–Body Problem Will Be Solved by Neuroscience

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The Neural Basis of Free Will

Peter Ulric Tse

The MIT Press

This book examines and delves deep into the neural bases of free will and mental causation from the perspectives of neuroscience and psychology. The core issue in this book is mental causation, since the causal efficacy of willing leads to the question of whether mental events can be considered causal or not. The ability to control voluntarily some actions is not questioned here but, rather, the preceding facts that determine them. If the preceding facts are not willed then the act of willing itself or voluntary controlling some actions is put into question. Arguments are presented in this book proposing a type of free will and “downward” mental causation that is realized in neuronal, dendritic, and synaptic processing. The main goal is to examine what came up naturally as a solution to the problem of informational causation realized in the physical causal system of the nervous system.

Keywords:   neural bases of free will, mental causation, neuroscience, psychology, neuronal, dendritic, synaptic processing, informational causation

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