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Would you listen to The Brain Defense again? Why?
Absolutely. As you listen, you will want to know more about the subject while simultaneously recognizing a second helping is needed.
What did you like best about this story?
It was the perfect balance of science, application, memoir/historical account with an action, fast, "thrilling--what-happens-next" (suspenseful) pace.
What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Jim's voice brings a certain humanity to the people discussed in this book.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
Military veterans suffer brain damage much like NFL players or boxers because they are near explosions that make them fall and hit their heads. This has never occurred to me.
I was also surprised (even as a lawyer) to learn how rarely the "insanity" defense is used in criminal trials... and how woefully unsuccessful it is (and why).
Any additional comments?
Although this book does not come out and say this specifically, the dots connect throughout with one clear conclusion: the death penalty is not justice.
Life in prison? Sure, but that time in prison should also include therapy or other medical treatment that can repair the brain, if possible. "Faulty wiring" or "brain damage" is not an absolute defense in that it gives the person a pass or pardon. What it does provide is understanding. Our current legal system wants to access blame and personal responsibility with a focus on free will. Neuroscience changes that and change is difficult.
The closing thought is: Punishment is still warranted, but we need to start having more compassion and accept that these people "know not what they do."
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I very much enjoyed this book. It was structured in a way that allowed retention of information while also entertaining. Well done. Sidenote: dictionary mildly necessary but context allows for 90% understanding.
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