Murderous Madmen and Their Victim Groups

Posted in a shorter form on May 27, 2014 A bunch of girls didn’t do what he wanted, so he set out to hurt a bunch of girls and teach them all a lesson. Folks, yes that is misogyny, yes it is gun violence, but mainly   IT IS PUNISHMENT.  ...

Irony: when a Deterrent Becomes a Punishment

            What a different world we would have if deterrents, one of the central tenets of punishment, actually worked like it was supposed to. But let’s face facts: they don’t, at least not often enough, not often enough that the damages of the...

A Revolution in Nature VS Nurture, Part One

It has come to be understood that without some form of Nurture there can be no Nature; that an organism’s genetic coding develops in interaction with the environment, and there is no “normal” or neutral environment. Eliminate the environment and you...

A Revolution in Nature VS Nurture, Part Two

Here’s a page with info about the first and most famous of the twin studies:   http://www.intropsych.com/ch11_personality/bouchards_twin_research.html   So with this idea, that it takes genetics AND environment to produce an organism, and...

State Funded Abuse – Punishments and Rewards in Prison

Abuse – well, corporal punishment – well, punishment - actually causes misbehaviour in children and crime and violence in adults, rather than curing these things. With children, it’s not news, I think that the exercise of punishment actually models...

Imagine a World Without the Damages of Abuse . . .

The damages from abuse are many, but they’re becoming well known. I’ve often listed the categories of them, physical, psychological, emotional and cognitive, but the damages themselves are:   Impaired cognitive development (trouble in school,...