Are we truly free? I want you to consider the possibility that in the future we will have the capacity to look at people’s brains with a great degree of detail and we will be able to discern their desires, motivations, and tendencies. Now I want you to consider entering this sort of evidence into a court of law. Should rewards and punishments be influenced by our knowledge of what is going on in someone’s brain? Why or why not?
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Suppose that determinism is true. First, how does this impact the idea of free will? And second, how does this impact our ideas of morality? Consider multiple views of free and morality in your response to these questions.