One of the most important pieces of research into consciousness.

Libet’s experiments famously showed that we become conscious of our decisions to act only after the event. Let us restate that, for emphasis. Our brains make a decision to act in a certain way and we only become aware of that decision subsequently. Libet’s gap, between decision and awareness of decision, is less than half a second. The implications of this finding, however, are utterly profound. They cover issues such as the causality of consciousness, free will, moral and legal responsibility, self and soul. Libet seeks to soften the blow by proposing that consciousness is still quick enough to be able to veto such decisions. Perhaps more controversial is his proposal that consciousness is another fundamental feature of nature, like gravity, for example.

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