Discussion Assignment: Psychosurgeries

The student will complete 2 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 450 words. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 250 words. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in APA format as well as 1 scriptural citation. Each reply also must incorporate at least 1 unique scholarly citation in APA format as well as 1 unique scriptural citation. Acceptable sources include the textbook(s), scholarly journals, scholarly books, and the Bible.  

The purpose of our first discussion is to give students the opportunity to think critically about the scientific goal of behavioral control and how it applies to real-world situations.  For the current discussion, please consider the following hypothetical case, and then, in your thread, address the issues delineated below.

“A judge has contacted a surgical group at the request of two prison inmates.  The surgeons discuss whether they should do as the judge and inmates propose.  One inmate with pedophilia, convicted of sexual abuse of children, seeks castration.  The other inmate is extremely violent and seeks psychosurgery.  Both hope to shorten their incarceration (Veatch, 1997, p. 309).”

  1. Using at least two scholarly citations (one for each argument), provide an argument in favor of and an argument opposed to performing psychosurgeries or other physiological interventions for behavioral control like the ones described above on consenting patients who are violent, antisocial or otherwise capable of criminal acts.
  2. Explain which stance (for or against) is most consistent with your own beliefs about the use of psychosurgery or other physiological interventions for behavioral control.
  3. Using at least one scriptural citation, explain which stance (for or against) is most consistent with a biblical worldview of how to govern violent or antisocial individuals.

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