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  1. Since then, scientists have conducted a lot of experiments, including studies on Libet.

    Fortunately, his results and theory were refuted. A lot of scientific evidence has been found and confirmed by repeated experiments and studying the results that human free will is unlimited, as Libet suggested.

    The conclusion of modern science is that people are not guided by the potential of readiness. Moreover, a person can change their inherent potential at any time. And this is proven.

  2. Ambiguous. Was this experiment conducted correctly? Yes. The received data can be trusted and rechecked. Does this experiment prove the absence of free will? Probably not.

    What exactly does the experiment show? That if a person is given the task of pressing a button, then awareness of the decision to press the button is preceded by some preparatory and detectable brain activity. Based on this activity, we can conclude that a decision is being prepared and will now be made.

    Please note that there is no choice here, as such. The subject is challenged to make a specific, simple decision at any point in time that they want. In fact, it is offered to be a generator of random time intervals.

    I do not know how you understand free will, but I cannot understand it in such a way as to regard this experiment as a refutation of its existence.

    I would be interested to see the results of such an experiment-let a person have to choose whether to press a button and get an electric shock or not to press it and then another random person will get an electric shock. Can we predict the choice? What if we tell a person in advance that their task is to make sure that we can't predict their choice?

    Such an experiment could be a refutation of the existence of free will. Libet's experiment is interesting, but nothing more.

  3. Something similar could be observed before Libet's experiment. If we accidentally touch an open flame, the hand will withdraw before we have time to realize our mistake. We usually refer to this as an instinctive reflex, and this is triggered by the same brain, only the command goes directly to the muscles of the arm, without any scraping in front of the” consciousness”, they say, it's you, clever girl, who makes all the decisions. And, in general, by now, few of those who reflect on their own (and especially on someone else's) behavior have any illusions about the fact that a person is a reasonable and independent being. What thought in your head can you guarantee that this thought is really “yours”? Our only freedom is to choose from a few other people's thoughts, and this choice sometimes occurs, in fact, randomly, depending on external circumstances: from the time and place of birth, from upbringing, education, profession, position, degree of irritation or contentment, etc., etc. That's all our “freedom”!

  4. Oops whether?! Can you give examples of “refutations” and “proofs”? And if you look inside yourself, and reflect more carefully, then maybe these “proofs” will turn out to be a bluff of timid moralizers?

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