Fascinating development. I was not aware that Libet had been discredited. But then, I never agreed with those who said his findings demonstrated that free will was an illusion. I see no reason to demand that free will be conscious, though of course it can be. I think that many (most?) of our major decisions are made sub-consciously and only after the fact do we come up with rationalizations for our choices. But they are choices nevertheless.
Fascinating, Shewmaker! Really great article. No wonder I pay for an Atlantic subscription. I’m so glad long-form journalism is finding a place in the age of the Internet.
This quote stuck with me:
And unfortunately for popular-science conversation, Schurger’s groundbreaking work does not solve the pesky question of free will any more than Libet’s did. If anything, Schurger has only deepened the question.