Please note this is the pre-publication manuscript to the article that has been published in the BPS Psych-Talk magazine (also the formatting is not quite right but I’m not sure how to format it properly on here):
Evangelou, G. (2019). The neuropsychology of free will: An expensive mechanism. BPS Psych-Talk, 92, 7-9.
The neuropsychology of free will: An expensive mechanism
Concerns of investigating free will
What is free will? Let’s save for the infinite philosophical rabbit hole for now… Please raise your hand. Congratulations, whether you raised it or not, you exercised your free will to do so (I hope). That will suffice as a basic example and allow us to move forward. Conflict with free will and its subject to question has been around long before neuroscience, whether it be: theology (the paradox between an omniscient being and our free will), physics (subject to physical laws of the universe), biology and evolution (subject to our genetic make-up and survival of the fittest) or of course, philosophy (“Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains”; Rousseau, 1762).