Taking free will seriously

Are Some Scientists Serious About Denying Free Will?

Free will is our apparent ability to choose between different courses of action; it is closely linked to responsibility, guilt, and other feelings. Only actions for which we are free to either perform or not perform deserve credit or blame, a central issue in the diagnosis, treatment, and potential criminal prosecution of the mentally ill. If someone lacks free will, there appears to be no justification for rewarding or punishing that person for his or her actions. Free will also implies the power to break a causal chain of events, the processes known as determinism in which physical laws cause each new event to follow directly from earlier conditions. ….[READ]

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