This isn’t exactly related to what we were talking about in the last few sessions, but this topic has popped up in my science news, so I thought I’d talk about it.
The question here is: Are we really making subconscious decisions before even being aware of them, and are we unable to change these subconscious decisions.
In a sense, the neuroscientists are all torrent for pointing out that people will have already decided on their reactions to a stimuli immediately after exposure. Scary as it sounds, this violates the concept of free will.
But then again, if we look this issue closer, we find that humans do have the capacity to change their final decisions, given time. Common examples include the everyday reactions to our surroundings. Our subconsciousness will have an immediate response in an instant, and we often use this as our final reaction. However, being humans, given time, humans will instead assess the situation, and depending on his/her culture, come up with an appropriate reaction.
Therefore, I think both sides of the debate would be right, but ultimately this discovery of subconscious decisions should alter the idea of free will not go against it completely, because though instints always come first, given time a human will assess and respond differently.