Cultural brain bias

This brief but excellent Times article details a pattern of response the authors dub as “naïve dualism.” By this, they refer to the tendency people have to qualitatively distinguish biological and psychological factors in terms of the role they play in driving intentional behavior. Specifically, people excuse blame for behavior perceived to have been caused by brain-based factors, whereas psychological factors are seen as an explanation but not an excuse.

Did Your Brain Make You Do It? [New York Times]

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