On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:


> If free will were, after all, an illusion, then there would really be not
> much of an advantage in discerning intention to cause harm from a simple
> propensity to cause harm.
>

Free will is an illusion only if you define it in a logically impossible
way, neither determined nor random. Since everything is either determined
or random, if something appears to be neither then that must be an
illusion. In any case, it is important to know if someone has intention to
cause harm because that may be indication he is more dangerous to you than
someone who causes harm accidentally. Whether the intention is driven by
deterministic or probabilistic processes in the brain is not really
relevant.


-- 
Stathis Papaioannou

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