Originally posted on The Skeptical Teenager:
Hello there skeptical comrades,
I was recently asked a question by a creationist, asking how, in a deterministic universe, people can be punished for their actions, if it is going to happen anyway, due to determinism. By the context of the question, it was probably an argument against determinism… Somehow. I am going to answer that question today.
First must say, this argument against determinism is a case example of the red-herring logical fallacy. It is completely irrelevant to the point of the question which is “Is the world deterministic?” It doesn’t matter what the legal and social implications of determinism are, just the science.