Changing a brain to save a life: how far should rehabilitation go?

What's the difference between brainwashing and rehabilitation?

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  • The book and movie, A Clockwork Orange, powerfully asks us to consider the murky lines between rehabilitation, brainwashing, and dehumanization.
  • There are a variety of ways, from hormonal treatment to surgical lobotomies, to force a person to be more law abiding, calm, or moral.
  • Is a world with less free will but also with less suffering one in which we would want to live?
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Can Giving Ayahuasca to Prisoners Reduce Recidivism?

The Brazilian government has been trying to answer this very question in its ever-growing prison population, which has doubled since the year 2000. 

The Brazilian prison population has doubled since 2000. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Do you use a time-out to discipline your kids? Well, you’re probably doing it wrong.

85% of parents undermine their own efforts, nullifying the impact of a time-out. 

 

A kid totally losing it. Flikr.

When I was growing up in the late 70s to early 80s, hitting and spanking children wasn't so unusual. I was hit on several different occasions on the rump or the hand. We were also sent to our rooms. Later on, I remember time-out's becoming the norm for young children, who I assumed at the time, had it easy.

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