Complexity Digest 2003.27 - 02
Excerpts: (...) neural activity that begins an action starts up around a third of a second before the agent's conscious decision to act. Neuroscientists have frequently interpreted this as showing that decisions are somehow illusions: (...)." They maintain that the action is originally precipitated in some part of the brain, and off fly the signals to muscles, pausing en route to tell you, the conscious agent, what is going on (but like all good officials letting you, the bumbling president, maintain the illusion that you started it all).
- Source: Who's in Charge?
[ http://www.americanscientist.org/template/AssetDetail/assetid/21922 ], Simon Blackburn, Freedom Evolves, Daniel C. Dennett, xvi + 347 pp. Viking, 2003., 24.95., American Scientist 03/07-08