Free will in the brain?

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In this brief commentary on Rickard L Sjöberg's "Free will and neurosurgical resections of the supplementary motor area," I argue that his interpretation of the data on the role of the SMA in voluntary movement, and his conclusion that such data does not resolve the free will debate, is consistent with what we should expect from a philosophical point of view. The hope that this data could resolve the question of free will depends on a view of free will as a magical power, and we have no reason to believe in the existence of magic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1228
Number of pages2
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number5
Early online date6 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Free will
  • Rickard L Sjöberg
  • Supplementary motor area


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