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January 6, 2011

01:55

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"Torture" means different things to different people. For some, it's a trip to the dentist. For others, a visit to the modern art gallery. But there are some things we all agree fall into the realm of "cruel and unusual punishment," like flaying, starvation, and waterboarding. On second thought... maybe we don't all agree.

But the science of torture is still a grey area. In extreme situations (and putting all those pesky questions of "morals" and "ethics" aside)... Does it work?

Science in Seconds pokes around.

Host: Brit Trogen

Photo credits: Borsook D, Pavel Tcholakov, Karl Gunnarsson and public domain

References:

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/educing.pdf

http://www.livescience.com/history/071019-torture-history.html

YOUR COMMENTS

Chris Buzon on January 06, 2011
*thumbs up*

Torture has no place in society, regardless of the reasons.

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