Can Neuroscience Understand Free Will?
Brian Gallagher: The sense that you have of being in control, of having free will, is just that — a sense. And it can break. Clinical neuroscientists and neurologists have identified the brain networks responsible for this sense of free will. There seems to be two: the network governing the desire to act, and the network governing the feeling of responsibility for acting. Brain-damaged patients show that these can come apart — you can have one without the other.