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Brain Scanning the Las Vegas Shooter: An Exercise in Neurohubris

An article in the February 9, 2018, edition of The New York Times describes a post-mortem examination of the brain of Stephen Paddock, the madman who killed 58 people and injured hundreds more in the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in American history.

The examination was conducted by Stanford University neuropathologist Hannes Vogel, The results were less than remarkable, but totally predictable. According to the Times, Dr. Vogel stated, "With a...
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