CLARIFICATION OF ORIGINAL IDEA on Freedom, War and the Death Penalty
I’ve been ambivalent about the death penalty for a long time. However, since we’ve been involved in Iraq, I’ve recognized that throughout our history, we have gone to war to protect our freedom and liberty. So, as a nation, we believe freedom and liberty are more sacred than life itself. \n\nConversely, the death penalty is based on the belief that death is the ultimate price a criminal can pay for his crime. So, the death penalty implicitly values life more than liberty. \n\nIMHO, these two positions are irreconcilable, leading me to conclude that because I believe that it is sometimes necessary to sacrifice the lives of our soldiers to protect our freedom, I can not support the taking of life as the ultimate price for committing a crime.\n\nI've searched a lot of websites (pro and con the death penalty) and I haven't come across this particular perspective. Since I'm not a legal scholar, I've concluded that I must be missing something in this debate and I'm hoping you can illuminate me.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Upload your mind? Here's a reality check on the Singularity.
- Though computer engineers claim to know what human consciousness is, many neuroscientists say that we're nowhere close to understanding what it is, or its source.
- Scientists are currently trying to upload human minds to silicon chips, or re-create consciousness with algorithms, but this may be hubristic because we still know so little about what it means to be human.
- Is transhumanism a journey forward or an escape from reality?
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.