Santa Fe Institute

The Brain and the Law: How Neuroscience Will Shift Blameworthiness

Community Event

June 04, 2013
7:30 PM
James A. Little Theater

The Brain and the Law: How Neuroscience Will Shift Blameworthiness 

Insights from neuroscience are challenging long-held assumptions at the core of our criminal justice system. Are all brains really created equal? Is mass incarceration the most fruitful method of dealing with juveniles, the mentally ill, and the drug-addicted? Do emerging technologies such as real-time brain imaging offer new methods of rehabilitation? David Eagleman explains how most behaviors are driven by brain networks that we do not consciously control, and why the legal system will eventually be forced to shift its emphasis from individual blameworthiness to analysis of likely future behavior.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and writer at Baylor College of Medicine where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and the Law.  

Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank

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Purpose: Community Event

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

  • * SFI community lectures are free, open, & accessible to the public.
  • * Seminars & colloquia are geared for scientists but free & open to the interested public.
  • * All other SFI events are by invitation only.
  • * Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI's limited lunch service; you're welcome to bring your own.

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