Commentary: Free Will and Neuroscience: From Explaining Freedom Away to New Ways of …

The long-standing debate on the nature of consciousness and the extent to which free will remains a valid concept has evolved a lot since the publication of Libet’s seminal work on neural antecedents of mental states and behavior (Libet et al., 1983). It is very clear now that it is just a matter of time for new sensors, experimental paradigms, and advanced techniques in data analyses provide us with such a high rate of success in forecasting motor and cognitive decisions before they appear to oneself as intentions that the whole discussion about the role of phenomenal consciousness (P-consciousness, following Block’s terminology, 1995—or simply P-states) in initiating decision-making and efferent commands will simply disappear (Block, 1995). At this point, cognitive science will be finally beyond some of its oldest metaphysical…


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