The existence and possible nature
of free will have been debated for centuries by scholars in diverse fields. (Layperson zavrsen)
The question of
whether we have free will and are responsible for our actions and behaviour still
remains a compelling mystery and it has roused many debates.
Free will has also been challenged
on conceptual grounds from multiple arguments and disciplines such as
philosophy, literature, psychology and neuroscience.
problem of free will lies at the heart of modern scientific studies of consciousness.” https://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~hezy/Vision%20Seminar/haggard%20free%20will.pdf
neuroscience has advanced, our conscious “knowledge” of our intentions has
become more questionable, and the causal relationship between the brain and our behaviour has become more evident.
(Can neuroscience inform the free will debate?) Neuroscientific studies, which
have argued that our decisions are pre-determined, have roused the debate on
the existence of free will among thinkers.
Since the question of free will lays in
the foundations of morality, politics, our legal system, religion, interpersonal
relationships, and the whole social system our belief of whether we do or do
not have free will seems to be essential.
the view that free will is an illusion becomes widely accepted, it will have
various implications for society. NEUROSCIENCE,
FREE WILL AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY
„Despite these scientific worries, the concept
of conscious free will remains deeply rooted in our individual lives and in our
Regardless of how most of us view free will in the abstract,
our conscious experience generally provides us with
the sense that
we have it. (People believe
they have more free will than others).
The purpose of this essay
in not to provide a unified conceptualization of free will or to determine
whether we, as human beings, have free will or not.
We must note that the
definition of free will lays on different conceptual grounds, coming from
different disciplines. The belief of people having free will varies among
individuals and different cultural contexts.
Rather, we ought to
evaluate how recently scientific attention has focused on the layperson
concepts of free will and how that understanding operates in human social life.
We should overview whether the belief of having free will has good or bad
implications on our behavior. It is important to mention that we as human
beings want to believe that we are the creators of our own thoughts and
decisions even though free will remains something that we cannot answer by
intuition or common sense.