Science Has Proven For A Person 's Mind

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Intent is basically a subjective element, that is, the operation of a person’s mind. However, since we cannot x-ray a person’s mind to determine what he is thinking, you may infer a person’s intent by his acts or words or both. The model jury instruction above reveals humans’ obsession with developing technology to assist with reading someone’s mind. Thanks to technological advancements, science has proven that x-rays do not provide a window to someone’s soul. Courts are continuously confronted with technology that presents itself as capable of mind reading: first with phrenology, then with the polygraph, and most recently, functional neuroimaging or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Despite decades of progress in fMRI…show more content…
There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently. Humans’ obsession with distinguishing a truth from a lie has lead to the creation of techniques and technologies that purportedly assist in this process. Prior to the development of the polygraph, the most well known “lie detector,” and functional magnetic resonance image scanning, humans have relied their evolutionary abilities or mathematical equations to decipher truth from fiction. Humans have won the proverbial evolution jackpot. Besides our ambidextrous thumbs, the next most advantageous mutation is the size of our prefrontal cortex in our brains, which has grown at a faster rate than other species. Our prefrontal cortex makes us unique separates us from our brethren in the animal kingdom. It allows us to engage in a broad range of behaviors known as “executive function.” The behaviors—problem solving; behavioral adjustments in response to stimuli, planning; and behavioral inhibition—allow us to be social creatures and integrate into society. The ability to deceive predates the evolution of language. The evolutionary growth of the brain’s prefrontal cortex coupled with the advent of language led to an “efflorescence of [deception] complexity.” The executive function interacts with
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