Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Who Are We?

The experiments of Benjamin Libet (documented in Mind Time) sound simple enough: test subjects were asked to move their hand and then document when they first had the inclination to do so. What's disturbing is that Libet observed electrical activity in their brains before they'd made the decision to move (about 200 milliseconds), meaning that their brains had decided on the activity before their minds had formed the command to perform it.

What this exactly means is still being pondered - as well as the obvious question: who or what is doing that pondering?

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