Comments: Thought Police

The problem is the successful use of insanity defenses, combined with the creeping medicalization of all non-"normal" thoughts.... Yes, I agree, but we're not going to win this on a civil liberties push alone.

Posted by Ahistoricality at May 17, 2010 02:57 PM

I still believe that the problem is that our species has simply not evolved far enough past the hunter-gatherer stage to be able to deal with the complexity of the world we've built. It's no wonder the list of serious psychological ailments (by which I mean, problems of a scope or depth so as to interfere with the individual's ability to function) is expanding exponentially.

(Believe it or not, I tried four times to shorten that sentence.)

I still maintain that non-normative thoughts should not be punishable by law.

(And I would argue that in cases where an individual is psycho-sexually fixated on prepubescents, that really is a medical, a psychiatric problem. It's not like being blond or green-eyed, or six foot tall--you aren't "born" with a gene that predisposes you toward sex with eight year-olds.)

Posted by Anne at May 18, 2010 04:12 PM

I still believe that the problem is that our species has simply not evolved far enough past the hunter-gatherer stage to be able to deal with the complexity of the world we've built.

That, too.

Posted by Ahistoricality at May 19, 2010 09:15 AM