Crime: Its Cause and Treatment Paperback – Feb 3 2009
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Clarence Darrow was a renowned American attorney who successfully represented defendents in two of the most famous trials of the 20th century. He had an unusually broad legal experience, practicing corporate, criminal, and labor law--all with great success. He is remembered for his wit, compassion, and passionate defense of civil liberties.
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The idea that reason has little to do with crime and that the environment, in addition to instinct, is responsible for the actions of the human machine are very interesting indeed. Of course, in today's times, this opinion may not be favored, but if you are a fan of writers such as Dostoevsky and the problems of unexplained crime such as murder with no motive, Darrow's ideas do seem to have a certain amount of merit.
Personally, I believe that Dostoevsky and Darrow should be read in conjunction---but, if you've no interest in the greatest Russian novel ever written, I still recommend Darrow's book on its own. It is thought provoking at the very least. Recommended.
Scientists working in the new field of neuro-economics have established a direct link between the mechanics that regulates individual decision-making and the genetic structure of the human brain. Just last week an international team of scientists announced the discovery of the specific part of the brain that controls decision making. See "Scientists discover brain part that drives decision-making," [...] (Nov. 25, 2013). See also "Fundamental role for lateral habenula in promoting subjective decision biases," [...] >>>
Additional research in this area is also being conducted in the Glimcher Lab at NYU. [...]
See Paul W. Glimcher (2008) Neuroeconomics. Scholarpedia, 3(10):1759); See also "The Neural Basis of Decision Making," >> [...] (2007).
While the scientific research on the causal connection between brain structure and decision-making is still in its infancy, it increasingly looks as if variations or defects in the physical structure of the human brain can predispose certain individuals to engage in the type of impulsive decision-making that precipitates criminal conduct. Although the researchers have been focusing their studies on economic decision-making, the implications of this research for the administration of the criminal justice system are obvious. Can individuals with specific variations in brain structure be considered to have been "hard-wired" for a life of crime?