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Watch thisvideo segment (Links to an external site.)related to the topic of determinism that provides a clear description of the concept. Consider his assertion that free will and determinism are compatible and explore this concept in regard to criminal behavior and nature/nurture debate. For this discussion:
Consider what assumptions we begin within any discussion of free will and determinism. Some believe human beings are born with a clean slate, while others may hold the view human beings are born good or born bad. A clean slate presupposition holds that human beings are neither good nor bad but at the mercy of nurture or environmental forces. Others presume human beings are naturally good, a state in which something happens to cause criminal behavior, or that human beings are born bad, a state in which our natural inclinations must be overcome for us to avoid criminal behavior.
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