Dr. David Eagleman on why neuroscience isn’t a legal excuse.
Because people’s brains are different on the inside, Eagleman says the law shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all blameworthy approach. “I need to emphasise that this does not mean we let people off the hook and it does not mean that a biological explanation leads to exculpation. What it means is more rational sentencing and more customised rehabilitation. It means that we don’t have to treat incarceration as a one size fits all solution, but instead, we can understand in a more refined manner how people have ended up the way they have, and what we need to do.” Via