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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This Is Your Brain on Torture

So why is the military/DEA paying tax dollars to study the effects of imagined pain on the brain? Psyche, Science, and Society says the following:

While this research appears to be benign in intention, having been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it sure is interesting that it is one of a very few research papers cited by the Air Force PSYOPS folks. After all, creating an anticipation of pain is a central element in the United States” psychological torture paradigm.

It also makes one wonder what the calls for increased neurobiological research into interrogation strategies may actually be about.
Are Kierkegaard and the other existentialists rolling over in their graves yet?

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