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    Re: neuroscience vs torture

    The best way to get information is not torture. It would be easy enough to put people together with similar backgrounds and record their conversations. They are more likely to talk among themselves than to anyone else. Torture is totally unreliable. If someone doesn't know any information they will say anything to stop the torture. If they do know something they will take the torture as long as they can and then give you misinformation. (that is part of training)
    With religious fanatics torture and death just brings them more rewards in the afterlife so they will endure it. You can't win by injuring or killing them because it just makes others follow their example. The only way to win against terrorists is to be worse than they are but to do it humanely. (without pain)

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    Re: neuroscience vs torture

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    I could totally understand that.
    So...what DO you do when you want to extract info from a non-cooperative person?
    Just keep asking?
    Give them some tea and sweets?

    I'm actually not being snarky. What's the alternative?
    The most effective interrogator during WW2 was kind to prisoners, gave them treats and even took them to the zoo. I'll have to look up his name later, but he's a dude that existed.
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    Re: neuroscience vs torture

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    One path would be over riding brain function(It is electrical in nature) control the speech and memory,and no real way to fight that. Alter input and thought.
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    As the article points out torture, be it ethical or not, generates incorrect dialogue & confession. From an efficiency standpoint, it's ineffective, expensive, takes time and gives us the wrong information anyway?

    Peeps really think 16thC accused witches would confess to flying around at night eating babies and murdering their neighbours with spells if they were given tea and cakes with a nice chat?
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