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Unread March 10th, 2006, 10:06 AM
TomJrzk TomJrzk is offline
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Default Re: Evolved Psychology - Brain Region Tied to Regret Identified

Originally Posted by Fred H.
your view—that such criminals are not “morally responsible”
Yes, humans have no 'moral' responsibility; that term was co-opted by the religious and I avoid it. We are held responsible by psychological and societal instincts which evolved. This includes the evolution of the 'regret module' that started this discussion thread.

Humans have a 'clan' instinct; with many evolved, adaptive behaviors ('altruism', revenge, sharing, etc.). We needed to form clans since our offensive weapons (and those of our predators before technology) far exceeded our defensive ones and we'd be as numerous as the Neanderthals without it. That clan instinct evolves and guides society.
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