Café Philosophique Law

What does fMRI do in the courtroom?

Cognitive neuroscience evidence is increasingly being used to decide whether the convicted person behaved lawfully, whether they did not “mean to do the right thing” or whether they lacked the capacity to do so.
The criminal conviction of a defendant requires a determination of whether the prohibited act was committed in a particular state of mind. The mental state of the accused often influences the sentence. Whether this type of evidence is sufficiently incontrovertible, given how much we still don’t know about neuroscience. Should this evidence be recognised by the law?

Come to our café to philosophize and discuss these questions together.

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