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I don't know how to link anything. This is a fine way to start the morning with a clean, emptied gut.
-- helen (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 15, 2000
In the interest of Science
helen my dear...THAT WAS GROSS!!!
-- Peg (email@example.com), December 15, 2000.
"There are accounts of the eyes looking around from the severed head, and animals may do this when they are guillotined for experiments in which their organs are to be excised or their brain biochemistry is to be examined rapidly."
Thanks to Tony Corless for drawing our attention to this article.
^^^^yeah um, thanks Tony and um, helen, I think.
-- sumer (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 15, 2000.
I'm sorry if people did not like the article to which I called attention. I'm even sorrier that many people who know me seem to have seen that issue of New Scientist and noted my "contribution".
FWIW I find the article I cited uniquely distasteful and think that it should be required reading for any who support, or God forbid, carry out execution.
The balance of the arguement, to my mind, is that all of the methods of execution cause either severe physical pain or pervert medical science, or both; and as such demean society. This is, of course, to disregard the mental anguish which must surely precede any scheduled execution. This too demeans society.
I cannot believe that a civilised society can find a man guilty and then immediately execute him without appeal, nor can I accept that anyone should be allowed to endure either a protracted appeal process against a death sentence or a long wait on death row until it is politically expedient to enforce a sentence.
My position is that it is illogical for a civilised society to impose a death sentence, as it is impossible to carry out the sentence without degrading the society to an unacceptable degree.
-- Tony Corless (Tony@corless.demon.co.uk), February 05, 2003.