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Sunday, March 07, 2010

If Free Will Is an Illusion

If free will is an illusion, according to Anthony Cashmore:

Perhaps the most obvious impact of this paradigm shift will be on our judicial system, in which the notions of free will and responsibility form an integral component. Currently, in order to be found guilty, a criminal must be considered responsible for his actions; otherwise, he can be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Cashmore disagrees with these rules, noting that psychiatric research is finding its way more and more into the courts and causing time-wasting debates. (For example, is alcoholism a disease? Are sex crimes an addiction?)
Okay. That means we can't hold judges responsible for ignoring psychiatrists.

On the other hand, we also can't hold Anthony Cashmore responsible for ignoring Bryan Caplan's defense of free will (which shows that Dr. Cashmore has no empirical proof of his beliefs). We also can't hold him responsible for ignoring the implications of the fact that there are real numbers that are neither recursive nor random (which shows that there is at least one system in which not everything is either definable or random which means Dr. Cashmore has no logical proof of his beliefs).

1 Comments:

Anonymous Stephen Dawson said...

If there is no free will, then all actions are purely deterministic. So a court should forget about silly concepts such as mercy and forgiveness, and do only what works. Such as, execution.

Why don't the no-free-willers follow through their own lines of logic?

6:40 AM  

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