Bioprediction, Biomarkers and Bad Behavior

Singh, I., Sinnott-Armstrong, W. P. and Savulescu, J., Eds. (2013). 'Bioprediction, Biomarkers and Bad Behavior'. (Oxford, Oxford University Press)





Many decisions in the legal system and elsewhere depend on predictions of bad behaviors, including crimes and mental illnesses. Some scientists have suggested recently that these predictions can become more accurate and useful if they are based in part on biological information, such as brain structure and function, genes, and hormones. The prospect of such bioprediction, however, raises serious concerns about errors and injustice. Can biological information significantly increase the accuracy of predictions of bad behavior? Will innocent or harmless people be mistakenly treated as if they were guilty or dangerous? Is it fair to keep people in prisons or mental institutions longer because of their biology? Will these new instruments of bioprediction be abused in practice within current institutions? Is bioprediction worth the cost? Do we want our government to use biology in this way? All of these scientific, legal, and ethical questions are discussed in this volume. The contributors are prominent neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, ethicists, and legal scholars. This volume will interest everyone with hopes that bioprediction will solve problems.

Key Features

The first interdisciplinary collection of perspectives on the fascinating and important topic of bioprediction and law

An early volume that will only become more essential as new scientific studies suggest further methods in bioprediction

Bioprediction opens questions about the justification for social and biological interventions into aberrant behaviors, both present and predicted