Neuroscientific Prediction and the Intrusion of Intuitive Metaphysics

David Rose, Wesley Buckwalter, Shaun Nichols

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Abstract

How might advanced neuroscience—in which perfect neuro-predictions are possible—interact with ordinary judgments of free will? We propose that peoples' intuitive ideas about indeterminist free will are both imported into and intrude into their representation of neuroscientific scenarios and present six experiments demonstrating intrusion and importing effects in the context of scenarios depicting perfect neuro-prediction. In light of our findings, we suggest that the intuitive commitment to indeterminist free will may be resilient in the face of scientific evidence against such free will.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-502
Number of pages21
JournalCognitive science
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Compatibilism
  • Cultural transmission
  • Free will
  • Importing
  • Intrusion effect
  • Neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence

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