The unstoppable philosopher/neuroscientist Adina Roskies has a new paper on 'Neuroscientific Challenges to Free Will and Moral Responsibility.'
In essence, she argues that it is a mistake to think that work in neuroscience could in any way threaten our sense that human choice is indeterministic. If we learn that the universe is deterministic, it will have to be from discoveries in physics. Perhaps physics will show that the universe is deterministic, perhaps it won't... but neuroscience won't end up settling the question either way. (After all, theoretical models in neuroscience are always probabilistic.)
I'd be interested to hear what the experts here at the Garden think of this argument. Do you think that neuroscience really can provide a challenge to our conception of ourselves as free and morally responsible, or should we conclude that the whole issue is -- as Roskies suggests -- a red herring?