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.

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