Tax the wealthy. Problem solved.

Cool movies of teenage brain maturation

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/0402680101/DC1

From http://scienceblogs.com/purepedantry/2006/09/brain_maturation_in_the_human.phphttp://scienceblogs.com/purepedantry/2006/09/brain_maturation_in_the_human.php

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The teenage years turn out to be a complicated time in the brain, with cells fighting it out for survival and the connections between different regions being rewired and upgraded. Some abilities, such as quashing offensive behaviour and empathizing with others, keep maturing well into the twenties. The passage from childhood to adulthood is not straightforward: some researchers now see the teenage remodelling as analogous to the 'developmental window' that allows the brain to be moulded by experience in infancy. There are ways in which teenage brains perform quite differently from either childish or adult ones.
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The prefrontal cortex mentioned in the article is basically the part of the brain that keeps you from doing what you desperately want even though you know it is inappropriate -- whether that be strangling your boss or me turning around and methodically stuffing an entire popcorn bucket into those teenager's wagging jaws. (I assert that the fact that I have not been arrested for doing this is a testament to my fully functioning prefrontal cortex.) Research shows that the prefrontal cortex is one of the very last places for the grey matter (the part with the neurons) to mature.
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I also notice a degradation as people grow older.
Permalink son of parnas 
September 26th, 2006 11:36am
Teens, males especially, barely qualify as human. A little tweaking of definitions, a little high-tech imagery, and we wouldn't even feel any moral compunctions about giving them the death penalty.
Permalink Send private email just me 
September 26th, 2006 3:04pm
> about giving them the death penalty.

We already send them to school. Isn't that bad enough?
Permalink son of parnas 
September 26th, 2006 3:24pm
No, they're allowed to leave at the end of the day.
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September 26th, 2006 3:45pm
> No, they're allowed to leave at the end of the day.

But they have to come back. It's like a life release program.
Permalink son of parnas 
September 26th, 2006 3:50pm

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