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Tim Bailey

This is interesting, and worth noting since the nature of the mind is far from a decided issue. However, how does it matter, in any substantive sense, that people can reshape their minds, in the context of determining legal culpability? Whatever the form or mechanism that shaped the "bad thoughts" of the accused, the question is only ever "did the accused intend or contemplate the bad act?" The issue raised by Greene & Rosen turns on that specific point. Thoughts may be shaped by neuroplasticity -- self-directed or otherwise -- but a person is never accused of having shaped their mind so as to lead to the impugned act. The chain of causation (of the act) would be entirely too long to sustain any realistic inquiry.

Diana L. Skaggs

Excellent post, Stephanie. I think you should submit it to the New York Times. Diana

Ellen Weber

I'd love to hear a bit more about what the puzzle would look like with this piece added, Stephanie. Great post and thanks for nudging our thoughts on this one!

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