Scientific DeterminismSubmitted by godsfavson on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 14:41
We all believe in causality- that everything that occurs does so because of prior causes.
Our decisions are a good example of this. My fuel indicator says I'm low on fuel so I go to the pump to get petrol.
My decisions are culminations of the firing of neurons inside the biological neural network that is my brain.
The state of these neurons is decided by each preceding state as per causality, going back in an unbroken chain to the first development of the neural network.
So where does free will creep in? If all the 'states' that describe my behaviour at the time are determined by preceding states then my behaviour is in a sense pre-determined.
So is our notion of free will mistaken? What implications does this common scientific knowledge have on our current criminal justice system?