(14-09-2012 12:14 PM)Chas Wrote: My jury is still out on that one. The complexity of the brain and mind are such that it very much looks like free will at some level. One hypothesis is that our minds cannot understand the complexity of our minds. That even if we largely prove the absence of free will in theory, that we will still feel, believe, and act just as though we have free will.
An excellent book on the ideas of consciousness, free will, thinking, and all that is The Mind's I by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett. It is brilliant, funny, insightful, thought-provoking.
Everyone interested in consciousness, etc. should read it. I'm not commanding you do so - read it of your own free will.
I'm definetly going to check it out if there's an online version.