Sam Harris has said that “You can do what you decide to do — but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.”
The phenomenon is called “paradoxical lucidity” because it is unexpected and we know very little about its causes.
Some say that free will might be a useful delusion but neuroscience provides sound reasons to believe that it is real.
In the first plenary, Stephen Meyer will argue for the existence of an intelligent and transcendent God who has also acted in the course of cosmic history.
On evolution and other subjects, this promotes a stale conservatism, well suited to defending orthodoxies.