First, you must all take note that one of our own, Tamler (one-m) Sommers, is now one of the "world's leading thinkers" (along with 39 others who argue for The Myth of Free Will). Tom Clark is there too! Unlike humans, but like fruit flies, I think the seagulls on the cover are supposed to have free will.
Second, here's the the Allstate ad I mentioned: "Even bright, mature teenagers sometimes do things that are “stupid.” But when that happens, it’s not really their fault. It’s because their brain hasn’t finished developing. The underdeveloped area is called the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex. It plays a critical role in decision making, problem solving and understanding future consequences of today’s actions. Problem is, it won’t be fully mature until they’re into their 20s." I am currently trying to use this quote to illustrate everything that is both right and wrong about discussions of free will and responsibility.
Third, I'm looking for help finding a good reading (preferably a short story) about a robot being put on trial for a crime (does it have free will?). I use trials in my intro class (e.g., Trial of God for suffering, Trial of rich American, using Singer's arguments), and this semester I want to add a Trial of the Robot (is it responsible or his creator or both for a murder or something, etc.). Any suggestions?