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44 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 March 2008 03:17AM

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Comment author: Paul_Crowley2 08 March 2008 12:21:49PM 1 point [-]

I don't think this answer meets the standards of rigour that you set above, but I'm increasingly convinced that the idea of free will arises out of punishment. Punishment plays a central role in relations among apes, but once you reach the level of sophistication where you can ask "are we machines", the answer "no" gives the most straightforward philosophical path to justifying your punishing behaviour.