Michael Kearns: Recommended Book “Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation”

Michael S. Kearns

Michael S. Kearns

Professor Shane O’Mara, Director of the Trinity College – Dublin Neuroscience Lab, is having his new book published. A very powerful message to the Bush OLC Lawyers who looked into SERE technuques… they damage the brain when applied over time.

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Torture is banned because it is cruel and inhumane. But as Shane O’Mara writes in this account of the human brain under stress, another reason torture should never be condoned is because it does not work the way torturers assume it does. …

For ethical reasons, there are no scientific studies of torture. But neuroscientists know a lot about how the brain reacts to fear, extreme temperatures, starvation, thirst, sleep deprivation, and immersion in freezing water, all tools of the torturer’s trade. …

…if we want information that we can depend on to save lives, O’Mara writes, our model should be Napoleon: “It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile.”

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Apr 20

Robert Steele: Looking for a Good Conversation about a Non-Partisan Non-Violent Revolution? Like & Join Coffee Party — Engage with Joan — … Please!

Robert David STEELE

Robert David STEELE

I have finally found two places where intelligent people can come together across all moral and intellectual boundaries — one of them is the Coffee Party, the other is Joan Blades’ new initiative, Living Room Conversations.  Below are some links — I encourage anyone who believes in America the Beautiful and the US Constitution to treat the Coffee Party as a non-partisan second home, and to engage as deeply as possible in Joan’s new offering.

Like this Page: https://www.facebook.com/coffeeparty
Join Here: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/join
Engage Here: http://www.livingroomconversations.org/

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Apr 17

Yoda: From Fast Food Strikes to Social Justice

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Minimum wage is on the margins — electoral reform is root.

Fast-food strikes widen into social-justice movement

Central to Wednesday’s strike is the evolution of its scope. What began two years ago as a fast-food workers movement has propelled into something wider, with Wednesday’s protests including a range of workers workers from adjunct professors to home care and child care providers to Walmart employees.

See Also: Open Power / Electoral Reform

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Apr 16

Howard Rheingold: Online Course on Cooperation Theory

Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold

The meta-learning here — in addition to the course material — is about cultivating a co-learning community online. I’m planning the sixth iteration of Introduction to Cooperation Theory May 20-July 10. You can find out about it at http://bit.ly/cooperationclass. If you are interested in how I’ve approached co-learning in my years at UC Berkeley and Stanford, I’m doing a Hangout on Air with eight of my best former students to talk about co-learning then, now, and in the future, April 30, 9 AM http://connectedlearning.tv/co-learning-hybrid-environment.

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Apr 16