July 20, 2012
Re "Head case puzzle," Opinion, July 15 Robert M. Sapolsky highlights the paradox between biological causes of abnormal behavior and the issue of assessing moral and legal responsibility. After 40-plus years in psychiatry, I have found that the most useful pathway is to accept the paradox, following John Stuart Mill's advice: While ultimately our will is not free, for the sake of an orderly society, it is necessary to act as if it were. Pragmatically, I interpret this to mean that when the biological causation is extraordinary (major brain damage or an acute cerebral infection)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993
While I sympathize with Gloria Romero and her daughter as a result of the tragedy they endured ("Carjacking Robs a Child's Trust, and Much More," Commentary, Sept. 24), I believe her ignorance of the crucial factor behind the criminal behavior--the lack of personal responsibility--skews her proposal for eliminating the criminal threat. By suggesting that society is to blame because of its failure to deliver even more government handouts, Romero and others like her encourage criminal behavior by undermining the sanction society imposes on the criminally and morally culpable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1985 |
Americans are more concerned about unemployment than they are about inflation, according to the American Council of Life Insurance. The Council's latest nationwide survey found that 58% of those asked believe society should work harder at solving unemployment, while 39% are more concerned about inflation.
August 21, 1988
We need a society that accepts the aging process and not one which denies the laws of nature. LORRAINE J. ROBERTS Santa Monica
August 22, 1986
Judith L. Poage has been elected president of the North County Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers.
December 14, 1987
Film composer George Duning will be honored Wednesday with the career achievement award of the Society for the Preservation of Film Music. The program, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will take place at the Pavilion Restaurant of the Music Center. Duning has worked on a number of Columbia films, including "From Here to Eternity," "Picnic," "The Eddy Duchin Story," "Bell, Book, and Candle," "Cowboy" and "3:10 to Yuma." Information: Call (213) 474-5225.