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Free Will and Criminal Justice

I'm a terrible procrastinator, but sometimes it pays off. I met kimfemetal only because I dragged my feet on filling out some pre-college housing paperwork. I met most of my college social circle as a result of being late to my Calc 1 discussion group one day. And now it's paying off again.

I've had a lengthy LJ post about free will, responsibility, and the criminal justice system floating around in my head for probably 2 years now. I've written bits and pieces here and there, but it's always gotten shelved in favor of something shinier or more pressing.

Well, now I don't have to. Someone has already written it for me, covered 99% of what I was going to say, and done so more succinctly and with greater authority than I ever could.

So if you would, please go here, read the (fairly short) article, and pretend I said it. :-D


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May. 30th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
nice article,
but it fails to mention Chaos. Stochasticism is not enough a word to describe free will(or the lack of it) and I think Mr. Cashmore needs to understand that the freedom that he says that does not exist, rests inside Chaos and Stochasticism. Free will or no free will, doesn't change a thing in our lives.

If you're climbing a tree, you can step on the nearest branches, but not on the farthest, that's just like life. The complexity of the overlapping systems that intersect the system "Human" (or any other system) is so great that all the random variables are completely hidden. That is virtually the same as having some freedom, you can still make choices. It doesn't mean that you're truly free, but that turns out to be irrelevant.

But not even LaPlace's daemon has all the choices before his eyes ;)

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