@ Ed: Thank you for providing the information on Collins, as it strengthens, if at all necessary, my stated standpoint on how to handle people with empty skulls when they behave immorally and lethally against brain-using, peaceful, productive people. My suggestion also adds an original way on how to handle willful murders to my death penalty conclusion, as detailed in my article “An Objectivist’s Viewpoint of the Death Penalty” and my book “Ayn Rand, I and the Universe,” which were published on the pages of Rebirth of Reason. As I stated there willful murders have a human appearance but this is all that relates them with the peaceful, productive rest of the human population. What characterizes them is their hate against human beings, which is in itself sufficient proof that they are not humans; for feelings, as philosopher Ayn Rand taught us, are not tools to obtain knowledge. The foundation and the means to obtain the human condition, is the faculty of reason. A historical example for this observation was provided by the population that was surprised to see that the killers of the Clutter family had a human appearance, when they viewed them at their capture. (From “In Cold Blood”, by Truman Capote, End of Part 3)
While I know, of course, what happens to anyone who physically loses his brain, it allows me to present a rhetorical question: Does such loss allow these people to continue to live, then, spiritually? After all, since they have always rejected the standpoint of those who live materially, it should allow them, isn’t it so?, to “live” the way they and their religions always held real life to be, namely a spiritual life.
All this also supplements the wise words of the Arab thinker Abul'-Ala' al-Ma'arri (973-1057), who said: “Mankind is divided in two groups: Those with brains and no religion, and those with religion but no brains.” Which, for now well 1,000 years of time, confirms my statement to chop off their skull or suck off the vacuum within, should any such brainless beings commit a willful murder, for, as Ma’arri confirmed, they anyhow have no brains; so why do they need a skull? Just to enshroud the emptiness within? I know that my position is rather radical, but so is also willful murder, which demands radical solutions as a measure of public health.
P.S.: There's another excellent example for my suggestion, when Dave finally disassembles HAL 9000's "mind" in 2001: A Space Odyssey, after HAL (An acronym composed by the letters preceding the IBM acronym) had killed the rest of the crew.
(Edited by Manfred F. Schieder on 12/08, 7:13am)
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