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Over a long and distinguished career Benjamin Libet has conducted experiments that have helped us see, in clear and concrete ways, how the brain produces conscious awareness. For the first time, Libet gives his own account of these experiments and Our subjective inner life is what really matters to us as human beings--and yet we know relatively little about how it arises. For the first time, Libet gives his own account of these experiments and their importance for our understanding of consciousness.

Most notably, Libet's experiments reveal a substantial delay--the "mind time" of the title--before any awareness affects how we view our mental activities. If all conscious awarenesses are preceded by unconscious processes, as Libet observes, we are forced to conclude that unconscious processes initiate our conscious experiences.

Freely voluntary acts are found to be initiated unconsciously before an awareness of wanting to act--a discovery with profound ramifications for our understanding of free will.

How do the physical activities of billions of cerebral nerve cells give rise to an integrated conscious subjective awareness? How can the subjective mind affect or control voluntary actions? Libet considers these questions, as well as the implications of his discoveries for the nature of the soul, the identity of the person, and the relation of the non-physical subjective mind to the physical brain that produces it.

Rendered in clear, accessible language, Libet's experiments and theories will allow interested amateurs and experts alike to share the experience of the extraordinary discoveries made in the practical study of consciousness. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 1st by Harvard University Press first published More Details Original Title.

Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mind Time , please sign up. Because of he doesn't know that the Libet's experiment prove that Human has a Free Wont. See 2 questions about Mind Time…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The scientific evidence that not only is our conscious perception of the world shifted back in time to compensate for the.

Or rather, the only control we may have is a veto power that allows us to select from a shower of impulses that trickle down out of our unconsciousness. Subliminal or sublime?

Apr 11, Darnell rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. An excellent book for exploring Libet's experiments in human consciousness, but it isn't interested in going much beyond that.

There's some philosophy and discussion of free will, but I didn't find that nearly as useful. Feb 16, Nikki rated it it was amazing. This book should be read by everyone who believes that humans have no free will.

Libet's neurological work is often cited by those ie Sam Harris who think free will is a myth. And yet when you read what Libet himself writes, it becomes clear that his research validates just the opposite. The first half of this book is quite tedious as Libet outlines his research and the various findings. But the last half is surprisingly philosophical and addresses some fascinating issues all related to the ph This book should be read by everyone who believes that humans have no free will.

But the last half is surprisingly philosophical and addresses some fascinating issues all related to the philosophy of mind consciousness, ethics, etc. Oct 17, Richard rated it really liked it. Who are we? Are our actions driven by our conscious or unconscious minds?

Are "we" just observers of our bodies actions or are we in charge of what we do? With scientific studies, Libet shows us that our actions are not as simple and immediate as we are have been taught. This book will make you think! Apr 13, Neko rated it liked it Shelves: neuroscience.

Embarrassingly, I'll admit that The main reason for me reading this book, was for its contribution to the free will vs. This made me feel biased to pick up only the details that suited my purpose and expectations, which is not intellectually honest at all. Nevertheless, I am genuinely interested in neuroscience but lack knowledge the technicalities and experimental procedures of the field.

Hence, the descriptions of experimental neoroscience in this book, were way above my le Embarrassingly, I'll admit that The main reason for me reading this book, was for its contribution to the free will vs.

Hence, the descriptions of experimental neoroscience in this book, were way above my level. Moving back to the reason of why Libet's writing caught my interest, the experiments actually provides insight into how consciousness works, and what the implications are regarding decision-making.

If I understood it correctly, the gist is basically that 'voluntary' processes are initiated unconsciously, but are, after about msec available for the conscious mind to alter. That is, decide either to act, or not to act on the so called "Readiness Potential" developed by the unconscious mind.

This means that our experience of being in control of our actions does not entirely correspond to the reality of how the brain works. The 'control' function of conciousness is merely a a 'veto' process. Libet is careful not to mix scientific descriptions with philosophical implications, and leaves the latter for separate chapters, which makes it much more clear and comprehensible.

Although being consistent, there were, at least in my opinion, quite a few repetitions and digressions into details that seemed to state the same things as previous sections had already said, but in different words.

Although this is most likely a consequence of my own limited understanding in the subtleties of this research, and I suppose that Libet's intended audience is primarily experienced neuroscientists..?

It was quite hard to get through this book, but the imagined dialogue with Descartes at the end was an entertaining little reward, despite the implausibility of e. Based mainly on experiments done in Libet's lab on task-performing humans. Not a substitute for reading the primary literature, but highly engaging, accessible and thoughtful, and pointedly logical.

Reminds you of t Based mainly on experiments done in Libet's lab on task-performing humans. Reminds you of the fact that when it comes to cutting-edge studies in consciousness and higher-level cognition, the ability to conceptualise and examine individual processes in detail depends almost entirely on our systematic development of a corresponding vocabulary to delineate concepts that have never before been quite this carefully elucidated and verbalised.

Un saggio discretamente interessante che presenta in maniera comprensibile i risultati sperimentali del gruppo di ricerca coordinato dall'Autore sulle relazioni temporali fra uno stimolo sensoriale sopraliminare e la sua consapevolezza. Purtroppo quando il discorso si sposta sulla genesi dei processi volontari arrivando addirittura a lambire il "libero arbitrio" gli argomenti, pur restando comprensibili, diventano molto meno convincenti.

The writing is stilted and at times redundant. He's not much of an author. It gets five stars because the research he talks about is pretty mind-blowing pun partially intended.

Our consciousness has a time delay. Life is reverbed before it reaches us. No kidding! It contains pretty much information and no suggestions which are not proven by experiments.

The experiments are well described and the conclusions are good explained! James Kearnan rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Lea rated it liked it Sep 11, Poetry Train rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Dj Southlove rated it it was ok Jun 04, Snader rated it really liked it Dec 25, David Valentini rated it really liked it Apr 23, Adam Rugen rated it really liked it Feb 02, John rated it really liked it Sep 18, Alicia Joy rated it it was amazing Jun 17, Jurgis Liepnieks rated it it was amazing Oct 16,

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Our subjective inner life is what really matters to us as human beings—and yet we know relatively little about how it arises. Over a long and distinguished career Benjamin Libet has conducted experiments that have helped us see, in clear and concrete ways, how the brain produces conscious awareness. For the first time, Libet gives his own account of these experiments and their importance for our understanding of consciousness. If all conscious awarenesses are preceded by unconscious processes, as Libet observes, we are forced to conclude that unconscious processes initiate our conscious experiences.

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By Steven Rose. CAN neuroscientists say anything interesting about consciousness? Judging by the stream of books and conferences on the topic, you can safely assume they believe they can. What makes Benjamin Libet different from all the others writing on the subject, though, is that he has actually spent the past 40 years experimenting on the topic.

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Thank you for visiting nature. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer. In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript. A Nature Research Journal. Libet reviews his extended set of experiments, which he believes show that Russell was right: reality is running about half-a-second ahead of our conscious awareness of it.

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