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Responsibility and blame

What does it mean to hold someone accountable for their behavior? In the past you commit a crime and are punished for doing so but with new technology the notion that blame, or that we are responsible for our actions, has been called into question. What if a brain lesion made you do it? What about past trauma or abuse? In this meetup we will discuss the notion of blame as it applies in the legal system and in our personal lives. We will review some information on legal defenses based on neuroscience and try to come to a resolution of how we should think about blame. To get you started on this topic there is a link below to a Radiolab podcast on the notion of blame. In this podcast two stories of blame and forgiveness are discussed. In addition a neuroscientists and other individuals discuss the role of blame in the legal system and suggest alternatives for how we try crimes.

I think this will be a very interesting topic as it raises some interesting questions about responsibility and how we hold individuals accountable for their actions. Should it matter that you had a brain tumor that caused you to kill your parents? Should it matter that you were abused severely as a child and that led to you attacking other members of your society? Should it matter that your family is starving and you stole food to survive? All these issues will be discussed. Please let me know other topics within this one that you would like to discuss as well.

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  • Jyoti M.

    Katie, just a note to let you know that your absence will create a void in the group. Please know that you were a great facilitator for all those challenging topics . Wish you all the best for your future ventures!

    September 7, 2014

  • frank g.

    I enjoyed the energy, enthusiasm and the input of everyone. i too believe in the efficacy of taking responsibility without blame which is merely, in my opinion a way to shame people, instead of leading them to take remedial action for their commissions and omissions. I enjoyed Katie's presence and and I will miss her sage observations. Good luck in California!

    1 · September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of excellent inputs on a really intriguing topic. And I loved the personal stories that were shared. For me, the key take away was the emphasis on personal responsibility, something I've believed in, and even written about, for a long time now.

    September 6, 2014

  • Adam

    It was a great discussion with wonderful insight.

    September 6, 2014

  • Andrea

    Katie, another great topic and discussion. Your creativity and leadership are going to be sorely missed, but I am glad we still have you for a bit longer!! This was a really interesting conversation that gave me a lot to think about. Not an easy subject matter, but an important one.

    1 · September 6, 2014

  • Jyoti M.

    Great discussions with super people with timely sense of humor!

    September 6, 2014

  • Will B.

    Katie, Sorry about the late notice but I broke a molar this morning and have to go to Penn Dental Clinic's ER to get it fixed.

    September 6, 2014

  • Katie

    Hi All:

    This is just a friendly reminder that you have RSVP'd Yes to the Responsibility and blame meetup for Saturday Sept 6th for the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society. Whether you are on the attending list or waiting list, please take a moment to change your RSVP if you are not able to attend Saturday. This will enable those who really want to attend, but are on the waiting list, to have a chance. If you are on the waiting list and would like to come, the RSVPs will change before that morning, so please check your email to see if you have been moved to the attending list.

    I know that sometimes things happen at the last minute and you are not able to attend, but we want to be respectful to other Thinkers and cut down on "no-shows" as much as possible! For our No-Show policy, please see Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.


    September 4, 2014

    • Liz D.

      Hi Katie, sorry to cancel so late in the day, but a personal concern has presented itself . . . I have to be responsible! hope to meet you all at another discussion . . .

      September 5, 2014

  • frank g.

    I am eager to join!

    September 5, 2014

  • Adam

    Where are we as a society responsible when the perpetrator has been asking for help only to be listened to after a horrific act.

    September 4, 2014

  • frank g.

    I enjoy timely and incisive subject to dissect and chew over--kinda like food for thought--sorry i couldn't resist!

    September 1, 2014

  • Dave

    Cool topic. hate to be anal, but you meant "lesions" not "legions."

    August 31, 2014

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