We launched a series of online, interdisciplinary seminars related to the neurophilosophy of free will. Each seminar generally features a talk by a neuroscientist and a talk by a philosopher followed by moderated Q&A.
Free Will and the COINTOB Model of Decision-Making
Neuroscientist: Marcel Brass, Ph.D. – Humboldt University of Berlin
Philosopher: Al Mele, Ph.D. – Florida State University
Moderator: Mathieu Landry, Ph.D. – Chapman University/McGill University
The COINTOB (conditional intention and integration to bound) model provides a heuristic framework of processes in Libet-style experiments. The model is based on three assumptions. First, brain activation preceding conscious intentions in Libet-style experiments does not reflect an unconscious decision but rather the unfolding of a decision process. Second, the time of conscious decision (W) reflects the moment in time when the decision boundary is crossed. This interpretation of W is consistent with our apparent intuition that we decide in the moment we experience the conscious intention to act. Third, the decision process is configured by conscious intentions that participants form at the beginning of the experiment based on the experimental instruction. Brass and Mele discuss the model, conceptual background for it, and the model’s bearing on free will.
Relevant paper: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.04.024
Towards Operational and Falsifiable Definitions to Stimulate the Dialogue in the Neurophilosophy of Free Will
Neuroscientist: Gabriel Kreiman, Ph.D. – Harvard Medical School
Philosopher: Rosa Cao, Ph.D. – Stanford University
Moderator: Nadav Amir, Ph.D. – Chapman University/Tel Aviv University
Sources and reasons: internal and external factors underlying freely-willed action – a neurophilosophical debate
Neuroscientist: Patrick Haggard, Ph.D. – University College London
Philosopher: Richard Holton, Ph.D. – University of Cambridge
Moderator: Elisabeth Parés, Ph.D. – University College London