Can A Psychopath’s Brain Teach Us Anything About Justice?

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Let's say you read about a man who had broken into an apartment and, upon being surprised by a young woman living there, proceeded to rape her and then stab her to death. What should happen to him? I doubt anyone would say that he doesn't deserve the full extent of the law -- if not the death penalty, then at least a life sentence in the harshest, most secure prison available to prevent him from ever hurting another soul. But what if you found out that this same man had grown up in a terrible … [Read more...]

Struggle With the Death Penalty

When my high school government class held a series of debates against another class, I charged in at full steam.  The teachers had agreed not to interfere, but they let me know in private that if I wanted to offer some “assistance” to other debate teams from my class, I could.  I did just that, helping each team research concepts for their issue (social security reform, abortion, education spending, etc), showing them how to lay out key points in an argument, and sharing ideas for the … [Read more...]


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