PREFACEIntention and action are perhaps the most prevalent, interesting, and troublesome topics inall of philosophy. Generating research in metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, psychologyand more, the question of how precisely we manage to effective deliberate and act refuse togo away. Recently these issues have captivated the empirical sciences and philosophersalike, with brain cartographers and computer engineers weighing in on human action andintentionality and working across disciplines to perhaps mark the dawn of a new paradigm.Although this new era of research is not likely to solve the deepest questions of the philosophy of mind, we can be sure that the advent of new technologies will bring with itthe same force of ideas that was originally introduced with the advent of the press,television, or digital computer. At the same time, we will be faced with an ongoingstruggle to redefine our most intimate concepts, as new tools and the perspectives broughtwith them redefine our worlds.Compulsion and freedom are two such concepts, and the present is but an attempt totraverse a few key issues within them. With that being said, it’s worth noting that I startedthis project with the original intention of doing something purely ‘methodological’.Originally, I wanted to investigate the question of
one goes about doing somethinglike ‘neurophenomenology’. I quickly discovered that philosophy is much like theempirical sciences; one cannot always sit from the sidelines speculating. You’ve got to digin and really try it out.