Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Beth Tagawa, ‘Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory’, http://news.sfsu.edu/consciousness-has-less-control-believed-according-new-theory, SF State News, San Francisco State University (June 23, 2015).

Free will

According to Morsella’s framework, the “free will” that people typically attribute to their conscious mind — the idea that our consciousness, as a “decider,” guides us to a course of action — does not exist. Instead, consciousness only relays information to control “voluntary” action, or goal-oriented movement involving the skeletal muscle system. (…) The Passive Frame Theory also defies the intuitive belief that one conscious thought leads to another. “One thought doesn’t know about the other, they just often have access to and are acting upon the same, unconscious information,” Morsella said. “You have one thought and then another, and you think that one thought leads to the next, but this doesn’t seem to be the way the process actually works.”