Court Use of Real Memory Machines

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

REAL VS. IMAGINARY MEMORY: - Research has developed a new lie detection method which could save billions of dollars and greatly minimize immoral incarceration of innocents through such travesties asrepparttar 'jailhouse confessions' created by police in L. A. which were exposed in 2003. It is not yet 100% accurate according to American Bar Association reports but it is awful close and one heck of a lot better thanrepparttar 149690 court system which doesn't have to be done away with, yet. Still in conjunction with truth serum and lie detection, innocent people could be savedrepparttar 149691 awesome social and other costs of being charged in cases that are uncertain (at a minimum this should be done).

The concept rests on a part ofrepparttar 149692 brain that records a real memory


Written by Dr. Randy Wysong

All of nature has rules. Although unwritten and unspoken, in a primitive and savage way, right and wrong still exist there. The alpha wolf decides what is right inrepparttar pack because it possessesrepparttar 149324 physical power to exert its will. A tree may dictate what is right by exuding toxic chemicals intorepparttar 149325 soil out to its root perimeter in order to extinguish competing plants. A lion takes prey from a hyena and a hyena takes it from a leopard because that isrepparttar 149326 order of things and thereforerepparttar 149327 right thing. Instinct and physical attributes decree this form of morality in nature.

If we were just such creatures, a similar order would berepparttar 149328 only rule over us. But we aspire to an orderly society and a higher ethic. Society,repparttar 149329 in-your-face conglomeration of masses of people possessing tools and weapons that can inflict damage far beyond that of mere fang and claw, requires different sorts of rules and more of them. Without them we would regress torepparttar 149330 might-makes-right order of nature. A brutal anarchy where weapons and muscle are “right” is not a pleasant prospect.

It is a necessary function of government to set rules inrepparttar 149331 somewhat abstract arena of decency. Because it is hard to identify actual damage caused by such things as vulgarity, lewdness, debauchery, indiscretion, nakedness, sex and language, debate will always rage over what is or is not decent. Those fearingrepparttar 149332 decay of society will hold to more strict standards while others want to push for more and more freedom.

It seems to me thatrepparttar 149333 development of decency standards helped humans rise up out of a world where only instinct ruled. But it is supposedly progressive and intellectual today to negotiate away any restrictions. But tampering withrepparttar 149334 very fabric that holds civilized society together is quiterepparttar 149335 opposite. It is both retrogressive and unintelligent. The libertine erosion of rules may seem to be more understanding, compassionate, intelligent, open and accepting on its face, but it unlocksrepparttar 149336 gates to chaos and degradation. This is what I fear today with regard to standards of decency, particularly inrepparttar 149337 media. The more that standards drop and rules are softened,repparttar 149338 uneasier I become because I sense where this could ultimately take us.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m no prude. Terrible things emerge from my lips at times without my mind even engaging. I can’t help but laugh at some off-color jokes. But there are lines we all sense that should not be erased. These lines may in fact createrepparttar 149339 emotional release from swearing andrepparttar 149340 humor of a dirty joke. So standards of decency may even psychologically benefit us by giving us forbidden zones for these brief forays of release. (Seems like rather twisted logic to explain why swearing and dirty jokes work, but what other explanation do you have?)

When I was young, Elvis’ gyrating hips drove religious leaders and many parents crazy. It wasrepparttar 149341 end of decency. Sodom and Gomorrah had returned. I scoffed. The old fogies just didn’t get it. In my opinion, rock-n-roll was way too cool and certainly no more than innocent fun. I saw no danger because I had not lived enough life nor gained sufficient knowledge to understand that civilization survives only because of standards and order. Society was sensing that threat and that is why they reacted to rock-n-roll as they did.

Maybe that’srepparttar 149342 way kids seerepparttar 149343 filthy language in rap, hip-hop, and sexually explicit entertainment today. So I am trying hard to seerepparttar 149344 parallel and make every effort to be tolerant, not wanting to be likerepparttar 149345 adult mossbacks of my youth. But everything is a matter of degree. When is “with-it” too far? Or is there no limit? Shouldrepparttar 149346 entertainment industry keep pushingrepparttar 149347 envelope until pornography is rated G andrepparttar 149348 evening news gives an update from live video cams mounted in toilet bowls and underrepparttar 149349 covers ofrepparttar 149350 latest hot group of S&Mers, transvestites, man-boy couples, necrophiliacs, homosexuals and straight-sexers?

When that becomes boring, do we go to live videos of rape, murder and torture? There are currently movies of this sort and they are justified as “artful free expression.” Really. Is watching murder and torture what we should be doing with our minds and leisure? Is that valuable in any conceivable way? Might it not be numbing and create insensitivity, particularly in our impressionable children? Since children know that adults – moms and dads – create such entertainment, might they not feel flagitious behavior is validated?

Should we bring backrepparttar 149351 Roman Coliseum to get some extra flavor of real, live performance? If we can affordrepparttar 149352 special front row seats, we could even enjoyrepparttar 149353 thrill of hearing bones break, get sprayed with some real blood or have a lopped-off appendage land in our lap as a souvenir. The Romans worked hard to prevent boredom amongrepparttar 149354 people. For approximately 400 years,repparttar 149355 cruelty and gore inrepparttar 149356 arena for man and beast continued, taking on every imaginable grotesque creative form in order to maintainrepparttar 149357 interest ofrepparttar 149358 audience. Shall we go that route again?

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