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Cruel and unuseful punishment

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Science  16 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6258, pp. 284
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2340

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Although Shane O'Mara agrees "with the moral, ethical, and legal case against torture," his argument against it occurs within an empirical, consequentialist framework, not an ethical one. Invoking the relevant science, he shows that torture undermines the very neurocognitive mechanisms requisite for recalling veridical information from memory. Praising the book's rigor, depth, and clarity, reviewer Richard J. McNally delves into the scientific evidence against enhanced interrogation techniques.