Ever get told that neuroscience has disproved free will?
Well, I’m still undecided on free will (in the libertarian sense) so don’t really have an agenda to push, but I know that this is pretty much rubbish. I don’t have time to go into it now, but check out this conclusion from Libet’s own 1985 paper (2 years after his original pioneering work was published):
“This is not the place to debate the issue of free will versus determinism in connection with an apparently endogenous voluntary action that one experiences subjectively as freely willed and self-controllable (see Eccles 1980; Hook 1960; Nagel 1979; Popper & Eccles 1977). However, it is important to emphasize that the present experimental findings and analysis do not exclude t he potential for “philosophically real” individual responsibility and free will. Although the volitional process may be initiated by unconscious cerebral activities, conscious control of the actual motor performance of voluntary acts definitely remains possible. The findings should therefore be taken not as being antagonistic to free will but rather as affecting the view of how free will might operate. Processes associated with individual responsibility and free will would “operate” not to initiate a voluntary act but to select and control volitional outcomes.”
Take it from the pioneer of this area of neuroscience!