It is, I believe, a revelation about our scientific culture and particularly about the trust we should place in a “science consensus” that should shake us to our bones.
The carveout’s purpose is to pave the way to legalize assisted suicide in the state, perhaps even active euthanasia.
Jerry Coyne thinks that criminals don’t have a “choice.” (What are those quotation marks doing there?)
Without free will, there is no guilt and there is no innocence. There are merely animals to be managed.
If we treat criminals the way we treat natural disasters — as physical events without moral culpability — the pragmatic approach is preemption as well.