Friday, 5 June 2015
Could the Readiness Potential Problem of Conscious Decisions Making be explained by a deeper understanding of the nature of Time as a physical process?
The Readiness Potential problem of conscious decisions making was found when in experiments when an experimental subjects was asked to move one hand at an arbitrary moment decided by them, and to report when they made the decision (they timed the decision by noticing the position of a dot circling a clock face). At the same time the electrical activity of their brain was monitored. Now it had already been established by much earlier research that consciously-chosen actions are preceded by a pattern of activity known as a Readiness Potential (or RP). The surprising result was that the reported time of each decision was consistently a short period (some tenths of a second) after the RP appeared. This seems to prove that the supposedly conscious decisions had actually been determined unconsciously beforehand. This seems to lend strong experimental support to the idea that free will is an illusion. But in this theory consciousness is at the forefront of creation as an integral part of the process that forms a future that is relative to the energy and momentum of each object or life form. The future is an emergent property forming the time dilation of Einstein’s Relativity as part of a universal process. Energy slows down the rate that time flows as a process of continuous creation. Conscious thought is the most advanced part of this universal process and this can be seen as the Readiness Potential problem of conscious decisions making where there does not seem to be enough time for free-will to take place.