This is a secondary post to one asking about Moral Responsibility. The original post asks for the consequences of Free Will if it is only unconscious. This concurrent post is an attempt to allow discussion of the truth or not of that proposition. The intention of this is to separate the truth/non-truth arguments from the consequences argument.
I read Tor Nørretranders’ book “The User Illusion”:
when it was published and have been a keen follower of Daniel Dennett’s works, especially those on consciousness and free will:
I recently started following up the research in Neuro-Psychology around this subject:
Benjamin Libet (who died last month)
and Daniel Wegner
being major contributors.
What seems to arise from the empirical investigations strongly implies that:
If Free Will exists, it is difficult to contend that Free Will is exercised by what we recognize as our Conscious Mind; if it is locatable anywhere, it is deep within the unconscious brain.
This proposition may be referred to as “Free Will occurs, if at all, in the Unconscious Mind”.
I am coming to believe that this is a reasonable and empirically supported proposition.
What are the flaws in this argument?