Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Philosophy Wire: Changing brain, responsibility, criminal mind

1127328-LPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2011-12-13]: Advances in neuroscience suggest the age of criminal responsibility - 10 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - might be too low, according to a study. At the age of 10 parts of the brain connected with decision-making and judgement are still developing, the study says [source: BBC News]. However the same scientists admit that "There's now incontrovertible evidence that the brain continues to develop throughout adolescence”. How can you say when a specific area is “developed” in a brain which continually changes? How can you speak of “Me” in a constantly changing brain? Are we only matter or something else as well?
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