COLUMN: Neuroscience and philosophy take the stand

It’s like a scene from a “Looney Tunes” cartoon. A train, moments away from killing five people strapped to the tracks, speeds past your eyes. You have the opportunity to pull a lever that will switch the train to another track where the train would only kill one person. In the trolley problem, what do you do? Research evidence suggests the intricate wiring of our brain can tell us more about what we’d choose more than we might think. However, we shouldn’t let this scientific understanding of the brain upend the place of philosophy, especially when it comes to legal 
matters. If you choose to pull the lever and kill only one person, you might think, as a human being, it’s your duty to maximize benefit for the greatest number…

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