The Brain on Trial.
Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new way forward for law and order.
"We may someday find that many types of bad behavior have a basic biological explanation—as has happened with schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, and mania." [more inside]
As the market plummets
, it might be interesting to look at the neurological background in the breakdown of trust
. The author, Jonah Lehrer
, is a young brainiac writer for Seed and the excellent Frontal Cortex
. l Scientists immediately discovered a strong neural signal that drove many of the investment decisions. The signal was fictive learning. l One way to think of the financial markets right now is that instead of being populated by rational agents, they're full of people with borderline personality disorder. [more inside]
A New State of Mind.
"New research is linking dopamine
to complex social phenomena and changing neuroscience in the process."