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As one of the train’s conductors, however, Morse sees three possibilities looming in the distance: at the most radical level, neuroscience will show us that our conception of ourselves is “radically misguided”, that “we are not the kinds of creatures that can be guided by reason”; a second outcome is that neuroscience will reveal aspects of human behavior that will lead us to modify existing legal doctrines such as those that address criminal responsibility; at the most specific level, neuroscientific techniques might help us adjudicate certain cases.

No matter which vistas of the mind open up as neuroscience rushes down the tracks of discovery, the law’s criteria for responsibility will remain rooted in behavior, says Morse. “We don’t blame and praise brains…we punish and reward people,” Morse said on Radio Times, a public radio talk show in Philadelphia.

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