Vol. 5, No. 4, 1999 Page 8

William Raspberry

“[B]rain imaging technology... raises a slew of questions we’ve not contemplated before, including this one: If there are provable physical predispositions to certain antisocial behaviors, can the person who misbehaves ever be considered fully responsible e e? And if we learn to fix the brains of these poor souls, should we then commute their punishment?

“The questions are nearly as much philosophical--even religious--as legal. And the more we learn the harder they’ll get.”

William Raspberry in
“Blaming the Brain,”

Washington Post,
July 23,1999

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