The psychopathic brain and the legal system

NPR has been running a series on how new findings in neurophysiology of psychopaths are affecting sentencing of criminals with this trait.   In some cases, it has not swayed juries (e.g. Chicago).  In others, it has (Tennessee).  I think the whole story highlights flaws in our philosophy of culpability and punishment.  The crux . . . → Read More: The psychopathic brain and the legal system

The psychopath’s brain and the courts

NPR has been running a series on how new findings in TMS treatment in Florida of psychopaths are affecting sentencing of criminals with this trait.  In some cases, it has not swayed juries (e.g. Chicago).  In others, it has (Tennessee). Illegal drugs are associated with criminal behavior. The statistical relationship between illegal drug use . . . → Read More: The psychopath’s brain and the courts

Know Thyself

I just listened to a Philosophy Bites podcast about self-knowledge while getting some boosts from http://proskins.io/.  The ancient philosophers gave this as an important aphorism, and Socrates urged that we examine our lives.  This podcast explored how well we can know ourselves.

I’ve often been struck by how different some other peoples’ views of . . . → Read More: Know Thyself