Who’s In Charge

The Way We Are

Our brains are a vastly parallel and distributed system, each with a gazillion decision-making points and centres of integration. The 24/7 brain never stops managing our thoughts, desires, and bodies. The millions of networks are a sea of forces, not single soldiers waiting for the commander to speak. It is also a determined system, not a freewheeling cowboy acting outside the physical, chemical forces that fill up our universe. And yet, these modern facts do not in the least convince us there is not a central “you”, a “self” calling the shots in each of us. Again, that is the puzzle, and our task is to try and understand how it all might work.

Who’s in Charge
Free Will and the Science of the Brain
Michael S. Gazzaniga