Daily Archives: December 15, 2008

What happens if you dial 666; or, upending the criminal justice system


Me for call someone did?

What happens when you dial 666, goes an old British childrens’ joke. Why, you get a policeman walking on his head!

If this study is anything to be believed, then we’ll all be dialing 119 pretty soon, for its implications are likely to turn the criminal justice system on its head. Professors at Vanderbilt University probed the brains of 16 volunteers, using MRIs, “as they judged scenarios of varying culpability and criminality on a scale of 0 to 9 – from no punishment to extreme punishment.”

(Yes, that is a picture of a British bobby. Upside down.)

Anyway, back to the study.

The results are rather intriguing: