Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom?
Barcelona, Spain | October 28-30, 2010
When faced with a conflict between human freedom and a deterministic neuroscience, two rational positions are possible: either human freedom is an illusion, or deterministic neuroscience is not the last word about the brain and will eventually be superseded by a neuroscience admitting processes not completely determined by the past. Accordingly, this Experts Meeting aims to investigate whether it is possible to have a science in which there is room for human freedom, and in particular whether today’s quantum physics might offer an appropriate framework for this purpose. Principal Inquiries:
• Does today’s quantum physics offer a framework that might be capable of coping with free will and other non-material principles?
• Is there room in today’s biology and neuroscience for free will, personal identity, self-consciousness, and religious experiences?
• Does deterministic science rule out the possibility of moral and legal responsibility?
Speakers: Antonio Acín
- The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)True Quantum Randomness
- Université de Montréal Can Free Will Emerge from Determinism in Quantum Theory?
- Oxford UniversityQuantum Randomness, Free Will, and Responsibility
- IESE Business SchoolAre the Laws of Economics Compatible with Free Will? Bob Doyle -
Harvard University The Two-Stage Solution to the Problem of Free Will
Leonardo Fogassi (
- University of Parma The Mirror Mechanism as Neurophysiological Basis for Interpersonal Communication
- Université de GenèveAre There Quantum Effects Coming from Outside Space-time? Nonlocality, Free Will and ”No Many-Worlds”
Sara L. González Andino -
Université de GenèveOn the Quest for Consciousness in Vegetative State Patients Through Electrical Neuroimaging
- University of Würzburg The Role of Objective Chance in the Brain and Behavior
- University of Texas Can a Traditional Incompatibilist or Libertarian Free Will Be Made Consistent With Modern Science? Steps Toward a Positive Answer
Flavio Keller - Università Campus Bio-Medico Di Roma Contemporary Concepts of Motor Control: Is There a Place for Free Will?
Alfred Mele -
Florida State University Free Will and Neuroscience: Revisiting Libet's StudiesZeeya Merali
- Freelance Science WriterAre Humans the Only Free Agents in the Universe?
- Université Interdisciplinaire de Paris Towards a Non-materialist Realism
Antoine Suarez -
Center for Quantum Philosophy Does Free Will Require New Physics? Russell Wilcox
- Thomas More Institute (& José Manuel Giménez Amaya
- Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) Neuroscience and Freedom
- Thomas More Institute
- Cambridge University
View the presentation slides by following the links from each speaker's name.
Watch the presentations and discussions on YouTube
The resulting book
: Is Science Compatible with Free Will? Exploring Free Will and Consciousness in Light of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience
has been published by Springer.