Taunting Tragedy?

Prosecutors link taunts to stabbing in the Chicago Tribune (registration required) describes a murder that may have been triggered by taunts hurled while playing a video game (thanks Mike Martinez). This previous report on the Trib (registration required) has more of the gory details on the story, which has also been picked up by the UPI. According to the articles an 11-year old boy died from stab wounds after taunts were exchanged during a session of some unnamed video game. What's not clear is how the taunting ties into the stabbing, as the earlier story says the 16 year-old who was arrested for allegedly stabbing the younger boy was also alleged to be the one who was delivering, rather than receiving the taunts. The later story repeats much of the earlier story verbatim, but omits some of those confusing details along with some descriptions of the evidence, so it may be that some of the finer points that were reported at first have since come into question.
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Well, he does have a point.

If there's no such thing as a soul, then all there really is to behaviors are brain circuits and programming.

Is there such thing as free will? If not, then our "programming" is at fault. Can you blame them if their actions are deterministic to what was fed into them?

You can call it fate, or not, are they just little deterministic creatures that will follow their programming (albeit complicated programming?)

Of course, you can bring quantum mechanics into the equation as some have, but even if you do, then probabilistic law is then just applied, and in the large scale of things, we can know with certainty how large patterns of neurons will react (maybe not now, but eventually).

So there you have it:
no soul = must ban video games!
soul = let freedom reign!


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