Question: imagine you are living 50 years in the future neuroscientists...
Imagine you are living 50 years in the future. Neuroscientists have completely mapped the human brain. Scientists and doctors now know exactly how causation in the brain works and can predict human behavior with 100% accuracy. They can tell by looking at brain scans and the chemistry of your brain what exactly prompted you to act the way you did in a given situation. In every case, they find that it is a combination of the situation you are in and the physical makeup of your brain. They also find out that the physical makeup of your brain has been created by the situations you have lived through such as your upbringing, in combination with your DNA.
Think about the following. If all that were true,
- Would free will exist? Why or why not?
- Should there be a justice system? On what basis would decisions be made?
- Would our concepts about morality change significantly? Why or why not?
- Would it change what you believe it means to be human?