I saw this article in the Guardian and thought Carl and others might be interested in reading it because it speaks directly to the concept of lack of free will. It is about Michal Kosinski the psychologist who’s research was used by Cambridge Analytica (and Russia) to help game Facebook and social media in Trump’s favor.
“I don’t believe in guilt, because I don’t believe in free will,” Kosinski tells me, explaining that a person’s thoughts and behaviour “are fully biological, because they originate in the biological computer that you have in your head”. On another occasion he tells me, “If you basically accept that we’re just computers, then computers are not guilty of crime. Computers can malfunction. But then you shouldn’t blame them for it.” The professor adds: “Very much like: you don’t, generally, blame dogs for misbehaving.”