psychological physiology

Neuroscience and Physical Determinism

Question: 
In recent years, neuroscience research has increasingly suggested that our freedom is an illusion and that determinism in one form or another is the best explanation of human agency. How does process thought respond to these neuroscientific claims?
Publication Month: 
December 2011
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

There is one element of this question about which I am doubtful. It states that neuroscience has “increasingly” suggested that our freedom is an illusion. My experience with neuroscience is very limited, but it has given me hope that there is a strong counter trend within it. In any case, I would say that science as a whole has long implied that our freedom is an illusion, and the physiological psychology that has evolved into neuroscience was, from its beginning, committed to demonstrating physical determinism in the relation of the brain to subjective experience.

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