Monday, February 26, 2007

Everyone's an intuitive lawyer

Or so argues John Mikhail.

Not everyone would take that as a compliment.

But what Mikhail means is that humans have a native jurisprudence module in their minds, strictly analogous to Noam Chomsky's universal grammar module.

The interesting thing from a lawyer's point-of-view is that -- if Mikhail is right -- legal codes could turn out to be a source of understanding of the human mind. We're not just quibbling over our client's liability -- we're on the forefront of neuroscience!

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