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Free Will

I am really interested in the subject of "free will" and choice, and I hope we talk more about these topics in class. A lot of people in the forums have brought up the subject of criminals, and whether they should be punished for doing what their brain has programmed them to do. In doing research for various psychology classes, I read about a study that claimed the brains of pedophiles are different than the normal population. If this is true, should we put all the people with this brain type in jail before they have the chance to harm anyone?

While thinking about these issues I am reminded of the film "Minority Report" where crimes could be stopped and people arrested before they inevitably committed them. I don't know the answer to this question, obviously, and we probably won't have to deal with this problem for a long time. I now feel like I have a little but more knowledge at least to think about these issues.

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