The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation (MIT Press)

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A neuroscientific perspective on the mind--body problem that focuses on how the brain actually accomplishes mental causation.

The issues of mental causation, consciousness, and free will have vexed philosophers since Plato. In this book, Peter Tse examines these unresolved issues from a neuroscientific perspective. In contrast with philosophers who use logic rather than data to argue whether mental causation or consciousness can exist given unproven first assumptions, Tse proposes that we instead listen to what neurons have to say.

Tse draws on exciting recent neuroscientific data concerning how informational causation is realized in physical causation at the level of NMDA receptors, synapses, dendrites, neurons, and neuronal circuits. He argues that a particular kind of strong free will and "downward" mental causation are realized in rapid synaptic plasticity. Such informational causation cannot change the physical basis of information realized in the present, but it can change the physical basis of information that may be realized in the immediate future. This gets around the standard argument against free will centered on the impossibility of self-causation. Tse explores the ways that mental causation and qualia might be realized in this kind of neuronal and associated information-processing architecture, and considers the psychological and philosophical implications of having such an architecture realized in our brains.

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About the Author:

Peter Ulric Tse is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.

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"...a groundbreaking new paradigm about how the mind works....The Neural Basis of Free Will is an invaluable contribution to the mind-body debate." - New York Journal of Books

Winner of the PROSE Award for 'Excellence in Biological & Life Sciences,' and in the subcategory 'Biomedicine & Neuroscience' as given by the Association of American Publishers, Feb. 6th, 2014.

Peter Tse boldly attacks the problem of how conscious thoughts can influence the world. His book is not a repetition of eristic yet ultimately tired logical arguments dating back to the ancient Greeks. It's a breath of fresh air, examining the biophysics of synapses and neurons, to offer a testable hypothesis of how the mental causes the physical.

(Christof Koch, chief scientific officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle; author of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist)

Peter Tse gives us a full frontal assault on the neuroscience of the will. He brings in the relevant science and shows how mental causation is neuronal causation -- detailing where, how, and why it happens. A fascinating read for serious neuroscientists and philosophers.

(Patrick Cavanagh, Professeur des universités, Université Paris Descartes, and Research Professor, Harvard University and Dartmouth College)

This book is a fascinating, philosophically informed exploration of the neural underpinnings of mental causation, mental representation, consciousness, and free will. Tse's approach is tough-minded, open-minded, and refreshing. We've heard from several neuroscientists recently that free will is an illusion. Tse ably defends an opposing view.

(Alfred Mele, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University)

... a groundbreaking new paradigm about how the mind works.

(New York Journal of Books)

I love Tse's book. It has literally set me free. It explains these ideas in full glory, in exquisite detail...

(Stephen Macknik Scientific American)

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