A Biological Basis for Free Will (NewScientist)


“I am convinced that a new understanding of how neurons ‘realise’ information can reveal how free will works in the brain,” writes Professor Peter Tse ’84 in his NewScientist opinion piece.

Tse, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, discusses how neurons in the brain encode and transmit information and says that neurons can “rewire each other.” Tse writes, “We are not mere automata or unfree characters in a deterministic movie. We can change the physical universe with our minds. Our brains can set criteria, play events out internally, choose the best option, then make things happen.”

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