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Question: Do you think time travel (to the past) will ever be possible?
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The poll ended: May 1st 2021
Now I'm curious if people think FTL is possible
» kuchra on May 1st, 2021, 11:47am
» Shippou_Incognito on May 1st, 2021, 12:50pm
If forcing someone to do a "personality" altering procedure, might I suggest that they'd be forced to do high school & college all over again? After all, these two institutions are essential in civilization's coexistence habits.
» Jooles on May 1st, 2021, 1:19pm
» scarletrhodelia on May 1st, 2021, 1:23pm
BTW, I voted "I don't believe in the death penalty."
» Sinjid on May 1st, 2021, 2:40pm
Better wrongfully incarcerated than executed even though both are abhorrent.
» Transdude1996 on May 1st, 2021, 2:40pm
» residentgrigo on May 1st, 2021, 4:13pm
A "humane lobotomy"? So many superhero stories about that. Batman´s rogues after Superman cut pieces out of their brains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7owONdf3KU
» ZiBaXn on May 1st, 2021, 6:16pm
» docdesanta on May 1st, 2021, 8:50pm
Criminals should ideally be rehabilitated and reintegrated. Therapy, psychiatric care and medication maybe, vocational courses, etc. Those are certainly "personality altering", albeit not as immediate. For cases deemed irredeemable (whatever that entails), I still think it's best to isolate them. Not driving a fckn rod through their brain, wherein you're probably looking at aftertreatment care for your likely now incapacitated convict.
Anyone else with other examples of a drastic "personality altering procedure"? All I can think of is the one from A Clockwork Orange, fictional of course.
» Transdude1996 on May 1st, 2021, 9:21pm
Shock therapy is a classic and still practiced, however it is poorly researched and the research that does exist only shows a 50% rate of "success" (Whatever the Hell that means).
» yuriym21 on May 2nd, 2021, 5:39am
» HikaruYami on May 3rd, 2021, 12:49pm
1) not with today's science. We have nothing that would conceivably function for this at all, but future alterations of brain chemicals (definitely NOT a lobotomy as in the example) could possibly work and be comparatively humane. To me. Something that would only take away a person's malice, essentially, could hypothetically exist.
2) not with today's justice system. I actual do believe in the death penalty but not given what we have today. The standard of evidence used in court proceedings today, "beyond a reasonable doubt", is frankly far too lax for something as final as death. Further, the death penalty can apply even in cases where a life wasn't taken, which is itself asinine.... The death penalty (or this hypothetical penalty) should only apply in cases where more than 1 life was successfully taken, and when a new standard of evidence, "beyond a shadow of a doubt", is in place. No amount of witness testimony should be enough for this. You need witnesses in addition to video in addition to any potential alibi being completed shattered. Juries nowadays will convict on "well I feel like it makes the most sense that...". If even a single person on the jury is even a tiny bit unsure about whether the defendant did something worthy of execution, then the entire verdict must be downgraded from death penalty to life in prison.
» mattai on May 3rd, 2021, 9:16pm
Especially if it's anything like a lobotomy.
» alidan on May 4th, 2021, 2:21am
I believe in the death penalty, however not in its current form. We have hd video, we have cameras everywhere, and shy of a serial killer confessing with proof, I think that unless we can positively id, track, and say who did what, death penalty is not applicable. however, if we can, then an express trip to death is warranted.
the system would be relatively easy, a 20~mp camera at the entrance getting a full body shot, it takes a pic every time someone comes in, and high res video will be able to track everyone who comes in passed that for id purposes.
if you have to have witnesses, or any flawed evidence, you are only applicable for life.
» blackluna on May 4th, 2021, 12:21pm
» Joese on May 5th, 2021, 1:05pm
Saying crime is a disease or can be "cured" is going on to murky waters. That train of thought can make simple minded people generalise the reasoning and thing anything out of norm is a sickness that can/should be cured (different political views ,homo/transexuality,...)
There are quite many doctors that are completely ok with branding anything as a sickness. This can also derail into thinking that anyone who willingly has these thoughts si a criminal (in some not so extreme cases lead to political/legal persecution).
Lobotomy is still a viable procedure in some places and there are also many studies certifying it. So the question is a bit charged if you're thinking in the cinematic portrayals of it,since the objective of it isn't to leave you handicapped or vegetable.
For example electroshock is an effective standard procedure almost everywhere in certain cases but I bet the if you're thinking on it's cinematic portrayals you'd be shocked😛 to hear this.
» HikaruYami on May 6th, 2021, 2:30pm
We've actually proven a theoretical FTL travel already. It's not literally FTL in the direct sense (the sense that would cause relativity to imply time travel), but it's a spatial shrinking & expanding in front of and behind you as you move forward, that with enough energy (iirc the numbers were that you'd need as much energy as is stored in the entire mass of jupiter to allow a single human to travel this way) you could end up in such a location as if you were traveling faster than light.
» mallika23 on May 8th, 2021, 4:43am
Since death sentence never really practiced in my country, I don't know how effective this altering personality punishment is. However, I feel like even strong hypnotism is like a bubble that could popped up any time, means its effect might not be permanent. And even if these criminals became the law-abiding citizens and such, there are external factors that should be considered, like where would they be placed after altering their personality? In case for corruptors, would they be put back in their previous post, a new post, or would they be trashed in society? How about the surveillence on these criminals to make sure they're not doing the same thing again, or that their personality still altered?
Considering that the law is often on the sides for the elites who owns money and power, I'm not sure if the system to alter personality in exchange for death punishment would not be corrupted too. Even now, the system is already as corrupt as it is.
So, my answer so far is "No".
» hkanz on May 8th, 2021, 10:28am