Neuroscience & Free Will

09 Feb 2014 21:16


Dr. John-Dylan Haynes is a Professor at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin. In an experiment with Marcus Du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Dr. Haynes was able to demonstrate that human consciousness can determine a choice of action 6 seconds prior to being aware of that choice.

In relation to the Simulation hypotheses, this has raised several questions.

Free Will
Are we merely pre-programmed to respond appropriately and if so then does this disposition apply to both simulated people and non-simulated people? In this experiment, were the signals received by Professor Marcus Du Sautoy 6 seconds prior to being conscious of a choice, informational signals or instructional signals. If they were informational signals then there is free will, if the signals were instructional then some other process outside of Professor Sautoy was used to determine an action and there is no free will.

Information Exchange
If we are living in a computer simulation, then it is a given that information is processed before it is manifest. If we, being projectors of information are able to project an image or perform an action, then we would be aware of the information required to do so well before the presentation was required.