Who's to Blame?
“The Future of Blame” by James Q. Wilson, in National Affairs, Winter 2010.
“Does the fact that biology determines more of our thinking and conduct than we had previously imagined,” James Q. Wilson asks, “undermine the notion of free will?” Science is still a long way from reducing everything we do to genetic predisposition, but, Wilson wonders, if current trends continue, will it someday be “impossible to hold people accountable for what they do?”
The short answer is no. No matter what our genes influence us to do, Wilson argues, we always respond to other factors in our environment. “Many motorists drive...