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.
The concept of determinism is not in conflict with punishment of people for their actions. lets have a look at why we punish people with jail, parole etc., who commit crimes. The first reason is “To teach a lesson to the person who committed the…
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