Re: "punishment"

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 21 Jun 1997 20:24:35 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sat, 21 Jun 1997, E. Shaun Russell wrote:

> As for the future, I would imagine that a drug would be found that
> could provoke the truth from a suspect.

Interesting idea. As a neuoscientist, I'm a bit sceptical about
whether this is possible even in principle - we are not very good at
distinguishing real and imagined memories, so under some
circumstances even a "perfect" truth drug would fail (although fMRI
studies may help here). The problem also lies in whether something as
simple as a drug could compel truthfulness; we might need invasive

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