Philosopher Alva Noë wrote an interesting article last week for NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog on the zombie within, a metaphor for all of the "can't-help-yourself" books that have come out in the last year, many of which I have noted here many times (Daniel Kahneman's Thinking: Fast and Slow, David Eagleman's Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, Michael Gazzaniga's Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain, Leonard Mlodinow's Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, and Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, among others) - and it was inspired by James Atlas's recent New York Times article, The Amygdala Made Me Do It.
Noë has generally been a supporter of agency and free will, and he remains so here:
Skillful, fluent action is not slavery to the neural zombie within; it is liberation from the rote and the regulated. It is flexible attunement to where we find ourselves.I would like to read another 50 pages or so on this topic, by him.