A probabilistic system can successfully move towards a different state or a target when the reciprocal affinity between the system and its target are deterministically established a-priori. Our brain behaves like a probabilistic machine so that any decision-making process is always conditioned by a deterministic goal-seeking which, in principle, is incompatible with free will existence. Then, why we deceive ourselves of free will existence yet? According to “Bignetti” theoretical model (published elsewhere) all these questions seem to be clarified. The main idea is that our actions are predetermined by the unconscious mind; the conscious one, instead, emerges few milliseconds later, i.e. only when the actions are executed, thus leading us to claim the responsibility of our actions: this is the pillar for any learning and memory process. In conclusion, in “Bignetti” model, free will might be a congenital mind illusion apt to attain cognitive processes. In order to verify the truth and the accuracy of this model a preliminary psychometric test investigating the timing of a voluntary action in relation with a food choice contest, is discussed in the experimental section.
Mind and free will / E. Bignetti; A. Ghirri. - In: ANNALI DELLA FACOLTÀ DI MEDICINA VETERINARIA. UNIVERSITÀ DI PARMA. - ISSN 0393-4802. - XXX(2010), pp. 31-39.