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  •  Or examine the efficacy of torture techniques (1+ / 0-)
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    AoT

    and methods of coercion and persuasion. MKULTRA 2?

    This isn't CT, MKULTRA actually happened. Discussion could easily go that way, though...

    •  But (2+ / 0-)
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      Any medical advance can be used for torture, period.  Any invention can be used to hurt people in new and creative ways, and given enough time, it undoubtedly will be used in such a way.  There are sickos; sometimes we slip up and let them have control.  It's pointless to worry about any one thing and go "but they could use that for..."  They can use a rock to smash someone over the head.  They can use a car to run someone over.  The can use an artificial nerve to repeatedly paralyze and heal someone as a form of torture.  Give a man a tool and he'll find a way to use it as a weapon.

      Meanwhile to say we don't understand how most psychotherapeutic medication works would be an understatement.  It's a long history of taking shots in the dark and going "well, this kinda works for some people".  Getting a better picture has the potential to help countless people live full and healthy lives.

      •  "Sickos" in control (1+ / 0-)
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        The problem is, sickos in charge is not a "slip up" -- it's a consistent, predictable pattern.

        •  Because sickos are drawn to power (2+ / 0-)
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          atana, bunsk

          and the competent, well intentioned person is the exception, not the rule.

          The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

          by AoT on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:16:29 AM PST

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