‘Time Travel’ in Prison to Lengthen Punishment

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Prisoners ‘could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours’
‘Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner’s mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.

‘Philosopher Rebecca Roache is in charge of a team of scholars focused upon the ways futuristic technologies might transform punishment. Dr Roache claims the prison sentence of serious criminals could be made worse by extending their lives.

‘Speaking to Aeon magazine, Dr Roache said drugs could be developed to distort prisoners’ minds into thinking time was passing more slowly…’

The Art of Reading Emotions
The Seven Universal Expressions
Anger, Fear, Sadness, Disgust, Enjoyment, Surprise, Contempt
‘As renowned psychologist Paul Ekman explains, each of these emotional words stands for a family of feelings. Consider anger, for instance, the emotion that most often gets us into trouble. Anger varies in strength. We can be mildly annoyed, or we can experience full-blown rage.

‘We also experience different types of anger.  We can be indignant.  We can be resentful.  We can sulk.  We can be passive-aggressive.  In total, there are more than 100 different expressions on the face that signal variations in anger.  All of those signals can be learned…’

Brain Hacking
Is This Latest DIY Craze Safe?
‘…Williams keeps a blog about the technology and how to use it safely, and he says he always advises newbies to do plenty of reading before they start their own experiments. But enthusiastic people don’t always take his advice. “TDCS is becoming more widely known to the general public, so there are more people doing dumb things that they shouldn’t be doing,” he says.

‘Williams argues, though, that these beginners can’t do much damage to themselves…’

Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems
The two types of learning
‘To grasp the differences between these two types of learning, Smith recommends that we remember certain distinctions in our performance of the tasks of daily life.

‘”For instance, when you select a cereal named ‘Chocoholic’ from the store shelf,” he says, “consider why you are doing so. Is it a deliberate, explicit choice, or is it possibly an implicit-procedural chocolate reaction, one triggered by processes, memories and so on, of which you are generally unaware?”

‘”Because of the considerable controversy surrounding the question of whether we have more than one cognitive system, researchers have continued to seek models that distinguish the processes of explicit and implicit category learning,” Smith says, “and this study presents the clearest distinction yet found between these systems…’


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