Saturday, April 09, 2005

Law Student? Take Bio 101.

Law students everywhere are going to groan when they read this article in the current issue of the Columbia Law Review. Why? The authors are asserting that law and public policy can benefit from a biological understanding of human behavior. Although the slope may be slippery, they're not suggesting that the law begin to acknowledge the notion of genetic determinism (which says your genes made you cheat on your taxes); rather they hope to improve the law's understanding of human behavior to create better penalties and more effective policies. It's always good when experts starting talking across disciplines to find new ways to apply their knowledge, and we can probably expect some interesting developments from this movement. Keep your eye out for your minority report though.

Via: ScienceDaily
See also: Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research


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