February 22, 2013

The Science of Why We Condone Torture

Luke Mitchell, Popular Science


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Critics have applauded the realism of the film Zero Dark Thirty, an Oscar favorite that claims to re-create the hunt for Osama bin Laden. But some have protested an early scene in which intelligence officers torture a man, then use the threat of further torture to persuade him to reveal a crucial bit of evidence. The New York Times called the controversy “a national Rorschach test on the divisive subject of torture.”

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TAGGED: Cognitive Dissonance, Psychology, Torture, Movies

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