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Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga
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Unlike the fantastic philosopher Daniel C. Dennett who carved out a bit of elbow room for free will in a deterministic world, Gazzaniga blows past the idea as miscast and arcane. So while the title does say "Free Will" it's a bit misleading. This is a good neuroscience book that plays upon the notion of emergence to talk about personal responsibility and crime and punishment. In other words, minds interacting with minds through the social contract > the false notion of dualism or free will. Very thought-provoking!
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Chris How well is this book geared to the interested layperson? Or would I need even a basic grounding in philosophy and/or neuroscience? It certainly sounds interesting, but I don't want to get in over my head/mind/brain/whatever.


James Chris wrote: "How well is this book geared to the interested layperson? Or would I need even a basic grounding in philosophy and/or neuroscience? It certainly sounds interesting, but I don't want to get in over ..."

Well geared, as I am an interested layperson. I will add that I have read a couple dozen books on related topics, but this had enough explanation that I would recommend it to anyone.


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