A response to: “On Witches and Terrorists, Why torture doesn’t work.” By Michael Shermer. Scientific American May 2017.


(Unpublished)

By Douglas Berger, Tokyo Psychiatrist

Schermer states that accused witches who provide false and unverifiable information are an example of why torture is not effective. Comparing the value and verifiability of various forms of interrogation may give data on the value of torture in a population of interrogees, but doesn’t say whether a specific individual will or will not break and divulge valuable and verifiable information.

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