Bush to decide on execution today of man with IQ of 70


Why is this even an issue? Only if you see execution as a punishment would it make sense to spare people who are incapable of understanding their actions (though I don't see how retardation prevents you from noticing that you are harming and killing someone). And how can you see execution as a punishment? In operant conditioning, punishment decreases the likelihood that a certain behavior will occur again. Okay, so I guess if you kill the guy, the frequency of the behavior will decrease. Still, we execute felons because our prison system is incapable of rehabilitating people (proof: repeat offenders), and we don't want them to have an opportunity to commit another felony.



'Sides, if an IQ test were the only thing standing between you and the chair, wouldn't you find it in your heart to play dumb?

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