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Perhaps Gazzaniga's issue and what he'd say in response is that even though our scientific perspective on this tumor allows a compelling rationalization for assigning responsibility a certain way, it doesn't uniquely dictate or supply the rationalization that (in this age of only scant and scattered knowledge about the brain) it serendipitously supports. It's more an ad hoc just-so story. It's a nice explanation, but it's only an a posteriori one, because the science wouldn't have enabled us to predict his defendant's behavior. Nor, presented only with the behavior, would we know how to queury the brain to establish whether the man was culpable.

We'll be discussing ethical Brain on BookTalk.org during the last quarter of 2005, and then inviting the author to a live chat session with us.

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