Short Review: Kirchhofer KC, Zimmermann F, Kaminski J, Tomasello M (2012) Dogs (Canis familiaris), but Not Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Understand Imperative Pointing.

A short review of an article  Kirchhofer KC, Zimmermann F, Kaminski J, Tomasello M (2012) Dogs (Canis familiaris), but Not Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Understand Imperative Pointing by P. Urbanczyk.



Łukasz Łazarz: Extreems meet each other II: Cognitive Science and Normativity On (i) mechanizability of human mind versus consideration regarding meta problem, problem of complexity and chance/randomness (ii) defence of utilitarian model of human behavior (decision making).

Cognitive Science and Normativity II. – this is a draft. Please do not focus on linguistics and quickly drafted conclusions in the end. however I hope the idea is clear enough, in partuclar meaning of the most crucial points of the discussion: meta problem, problem of complexity and randomness/chance. have a nice reading Ł.


Neuroscientific approach to third party punishment.

Recenty, via Vanderbilt University research news site, some news about neuroscientifical approach to the third part punishment issue was published. As we can read:

In a paper published online on April 15 by the journal Nature Neuroscience, a pair of neuroscientists from Vanderbilt and Harvard universities has proposed the first neurobiological model for third-party punishment. It outlines a collection of potential cognitive and brain processes that evolutionary pressures could have re-purposed to make this behavior possible.

The whole news along with the link to the paper is here.


Minicourse on Legal Argumentation by H. Prakken.

Our offer for Easter is Minicourse on Legal Argumentation held by University of Groningen:

Course description:

Being able to argue is an essential skill of both legal scholars and legal practicitioners. This part of the course aims to provide the student insight into theoretical accounts of the structure of rational legal argumentation, as well as practical skills to analyse the argumentation structure of a given legal text, to assess the quality of legal arguments and to give a clear logical structuree to one’s own argumentative texts.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The structure of arguments
  • Argument and counterargument
  • Legal argumentation schemes
  • Assessing the quality of legal arguments

Course website: HERE


Happy Easter Biolawgy Readers!


Legal Informatics Blog

Today we would like to propose a lecture of Legal Informatics Blog. Quoting the blog “About” page:

Legal Informatics Blog is devoted to scholarly and professional discussion of legal information systems and the study of them, a field of information science that is also called “legal informatics,” and to the study of legal communication. For definitions of “legal information,” “legal informatics,” and “legal communication,” see the “Definitions” page. […]

This blog is maintained by Robert C. Richards, Jr., JD, MSLIS, MA, BA.  I’m an information and communications researcher based in State College, Pennsylvania, USA. I study legal information and communication systems.

Blog is a place for interaction between AI, law and computer sciences. It’s a very valuable source of articles, links and resources concerning those topics.


Controversies about personal responsibility

Today we propose a debate concerning neuro-perspective in criminal law and the problem of predetermining one’s actions, according to criminal events and responsibility for one’s actions. David Eagleman text entitled Breivik’sBrain offers some discussion on this topic connected with rather recent events in Norway. We are encouraging to join the discussion about main theme of this short and popular article which can be summarized in one sentence: Does the progress in neuroscience will provide us the framework that will banish personal responsibility from the law?

More general discussion:

Does Neuroscience refute Free Will?

Neuroscience and Personal Responsibility(Summary of a conference).

Neuroethics and Law Blog


Royal Society report on Neuroscience and the Law

As a reading for today we suggest the Royal Society report on Neuroscience and The Law. Report seems to have very introductory character and it’s main theme is to deal with some legal issues using the concepts and methodology known from neuroscience.  The report is a part of the “Neuroscience and the…” series from the Royal Society as a part of Brain Waves project. Prievous parts are aviable from Royal Society Brain Waves Project website


The Report can be obtained in several formats, Kindle and .epub files are zipped:





Normativity according to Hayek

Herein you will find the text for the next seminar on Friday. The text is a ‘working paper’ . It lacks complete footnotes and the language requires to be reviewed and corrected. Please note that it is my first text in English:)


Patricia Churchland: Neuromorality

Discussion with Patricia Churchland:

Why are humans moral? Patricia Churchland, author of “Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality,” is here to explain how humans evolved to be moral beings. How did we go from the attachment and bonding between parent and child to the sophisticated moral landscape we have today? Churchland believes a big part of the answer is in the evolution of the mammalian brain.

I am encouraging to search for more on AgendaStevePaikin Channel on youtube.

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About the bibliography once again. Stanford Technology Law Review.

Stanford Technology Law Review provides articles and surveys connected with the intersection of legal analysis and new technologies. As we can read is brief description:

The Stanford Technology Law Review (STLR) strives to present well-rounded analyses of the legal, business, and policy issues that arise at the intersection of intellectual property law, science and technology, and industry. STLR publishes exclusively online, providing timely coverage of emerging issues to its readership base of legal academics and practitioners.

Site of the Review provides submission details, database of papers and information about current events.