I know it’s the wrong thread but since we are here I’ll respond once.
Speaking of which, I’m right in the middle of Sam Harris’s book “Free Will” and it’s making me feel very uncomfortable.
He takes the view because apart from believing it’s true believes the consequences are good, worth bearing in mind, if it makes you feel uncomfortable you might be mistaken.
I wonder how this would effect the legal system in the future? Probably not at all in the U.S. where we still have the death penalty.
If people didn’t believe in free will they would have a very different attitude to those who were to be punished, understanding that they were unlucky to have the past they had in contrast with the sense of deservedness people actually feel they have.
They would be more inclined to want to improve the system if possible. How much harsh punishment works and how much is counter productive? They’d want to know and just like with dog training would want to look for better ways. Harsh treatment might train a dog well but we still prefer to do it differently once we know there are better kinder ways and the dog doesn’t deserve it.
Sam Harris doesn’t disagree with Dennett b.t.w, Dennett is talking about a different version of free will.