Limited Public Morals

by Patrick Appel

Ryan Sager makes some smart points in response to Jonah Goldberg:

We’ve come to intuitively believe that virtually every torture situation is a ticking time bomb and that torture always works. Because that’s [what we see in the movies and that's] our most salient experience with the issue. We’ve talked before about the availability bias here on Neuroworld, and that’s what’s at work here. When we think about torture, our brains look for what we know about it. What facts are readily available to us.