The Neuroscience of Free Will

This is one of the first videos on Free Will debate I came across - something that excited and inspired me, leading to two essays on the theme: Are we really in control of our decisions? And what implications does this have on ethics, morality and law? Patrick Haggard is one of the leading figures in the neuroscience of volition. The following video contains is his trademark presentation given at the RSA, followed by comments by contemporary philosophers.

Are we all predictably irrational?

Dan Ariely is fast becoming the guru in Applied Behavioural Economics. He's one of the first academics, who actually took the knowledge of research to the masses. His books Predictable Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality elegantly describe what people base their decisions on, and why we constantly make suboptimal choices. Its serves as a great starting text for insight into prospect theory and the rational theory of decision making. The following is one of his most popular talks, delivered at TED, California.

The Paradox of Choice: Animation

Capitalism, Communism, Loss aversion, Sex, Psychoanalysis, Social structure... all rolled into one animation, narrated by Renata Salecl, visiting professor at the University of London. Courtesy: The RSA.

Recommended Movie: Possible Worlds

I came across an excellent movie last night, called Possible Worlds. Although over a decade old, it is rated only 7, by a mere 900 people on IMDb (link HERE). But I'd definitely give it an 8.0 for the overall experience and 9.0 for the concept alone! Its one of those movies that'll test your fundamental beliefs about existence. Though its ultimately Sci-fi, it has got elements of Neuroscience, dreams, parallel universes, mind control and meaning of life, all packed together! That being said, it could definitely have been portrayed a little better.

I would admit it was difficult to grasp entirely what the movie was about, and unsurprisingly, people on the internet were rather clueless too. With some insight and after reading a few independent reviews, I finally pieced together the concepts and formed my interpretation.

So I'd definitely recommend you to watch the movie first, and if you can't quite put the pieces together, I invite you to read my movie interpretation. Please leave a comment if you have some added insight or criticism.

Torrent link to the movie: (Warning: Piracy!)

And here is my interpretation: (Warning: Contains spoilers!)