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Thanks for all the great

Thanks for all the great answers. I just checked today as I thought the thread was buried.

I want to give a further analogy to demonstrate I am not considering a human being in a vacuum but accounting for the environment as well.

Consider an unbroken placement of solids and striped balls at a pool table. The player steps up and strikes the cue ball for the break.

Now, as long as we know all the positions of the balls and the force and point of impact of the stick on the cue ball we can predict the future states at any given time of all the balls.

Similarly, according to particle physics, the universe is a constant interaction of tiny particles. If all the rules of physics are known and all the current states of the particles are also known at any given point of time, then in theory a computer powerful enough would be able to compute all future states.

Now comes in the uncertainty principle due to which exact positions and momenta cannot be known beyond a limit. So this would seem to be the phenomena through which free will may sneak in.

However, this point of view is destroyed when you consider that despite these uncertainties, particles still must adhere to a probability distribution function.

Now the fundamental laws of physics apply to our bodies as well so yes there can be free will (big stretch) but it would still be constrained overall.

Sorry for putting your brain through the grinder =D

What I am finally interested in is whether the criminal justice system should not be about punitive measures at all but about management of threat. Whether that is done through behavioural therapy (A Clockwork Orange ^_^) or simply through confinement and isolation.

I think it is very difficult to reconcile with our everyday experience but if found to be true should affect the punitive aspect of our laws. If any, they should be completely a by product rather than the aim.