Neuro Philosophy of Freewill - team

PhD student John (Jake) Gavenas wins Science of Purpose Ideas Challenge from the John Templeton Foundation

Dec 2020

Jake proposed a project on how to use deep reinforcement learning to decode intentions and decisions.

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Uri Maoz talking about the neurophilosophy of free will with Freethink

Nov 2020

Philosophers have been making the claim that free will is an illusion for hundreds of years. What does modern neuroscience have to say about it?

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Three PIs gave a talk on THE SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS | TSC 2020

Sep 2020

Uri Maoz, Aaron Schurger and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong gave a talk titled THE ROLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN DECISION MAKING during The 2020 Science of Consciousness ONLINE Conference.

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The 1st Annual Meeting of the Neurophilosophy of Free Will Consortium

Jul 2020

The 1st Annual Meeting of the Neurophilosophy of Free Will Consortium took place virtually from July 1st to July 3rd, 2o2o. This meeting was originally scheduled to be hosted by the Sigtuna Foundation in Sweden, and was moved online due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recordings of the invited talks given by William Newsome and Chandra Sripada during the annual meeting can be found here.

Online Seminars in Neurophilosophy of Free Will

May 2020

We recently launched a series of online, interdisciplinary seminars related to the neurophilosophy of free will. Each seminar features a talk by a neuroscientist and a philosopher followed by a moderated Q&A.

The 1st seminar, titled “Sources and reasons: internal and external factors underlying freely-willed action”, was held on April 22nd, 2020. The speakers were Patrick Haggard from UCL and Richard Holton from Cambridge. It was moderated by Elisabeth Parés.

You can watch it here.

Congrats to the winners of the 2020 worldwide competition

Apr 2020

Silvia Seghezzi and Kristina Krasich are the award recipients of the 2020 Worldwide Postdoc/Student Competition in Neurophilosophy of Free Will.

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Hans Liljenström - Peak Experiences in a Consciousness Landscape

Nov 2019

Report on The Science of Consciousness Conference in Interlaken, Switzerland, 2019

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Aaron Schurger and the project in The Atlantic

Sep 2019

For decades, a landmark brain study fed speculation about whether we control our own actions. It seems to have made a classic mistake.

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5 Questions about "Neuroscience and Philosophy of Free Will"

Jul 2019

During the Second International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will, we invited some of the conference attendees for an interview, during which we asked them five questions about neuroscience and philosophy of free will.

  1. What do you see as the biggest promise of the field of neuroscience of free will?
  2. What are the greatest challenges that you think this field faces?
  3. Please opine on how can an abstract notion like free will be probed experimentally.
  4. What are the advantages and challenges in collaborations between neuroscientists and philosophers when studying free will?
  5. On this note, do you think we have free will?

Interview highlights

Full interview

The 2nd International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will

Mar 2019

The 2nd International Conference on Neuroscience and Free Will and the inaugural meeting of “Neurophilosophy of Free Will” project took place at Chapman University from March 14th to 17th, 2019.

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Philosophers and Neuroscientists Join Forces to Study Free Will

Mar 2019

Science Magazine article: Philosophers and neuroscientists join forces to see whether science can solve the mystery of free will.

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