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Whether through free will or predetermined influences, our audience deemed Mike Walsh and Mitch Joseph the winners of this debate. Utilizing tenets of incompatible determinism, Mike and Mitch eloquently explained their stance that all choices we make are influenced by chains of cause-and-effect. This philosophy affects moral responsibility, which requires a more comprehensive and empathetic criminal justice system for individuals preconditioned to nefarious behavior.

Their opponents, Rob Guzman and Chuck Braman, argued that while causes do determine human nature, we are still in control of our actions. The ability to "think or not think" is imperative and unique to our species - choices we make are conscious decisions, stemming from a subconscious that may or may not be influenced from past experiences.