Are you ready to be shocked? Then check this video out here.
To give you an idea of what kind of shock you are in for, here are two quotes taken directly from the video:
“Because whether or not these techniques are immoral or how immoral they are surely depends on whether or not they work.”
“The worse thing would be to do something wrong and have it be ineffective.”
To these people I only have one thing to say.
Part of the Nazi experiments in concentration camps had to do with freezing. In short, the army wanted to have more data on how to deal with the cold on the Russian front. So they put prisoners into vats of icy cold water and tried to revive them using various techniques (for a full description of these experiments, go here).
Today, there are still a lot of holes in our understanding of how to revive patients suffering from acute hypothermia. The data from these Nazi experiments will be very useful to the medical profession (check out the explanation as well as the ethical dilemma here).
I think you can see where I am going with this.
If this data is used and many people around the world are saved as a result, does it make these horrific experiments run in concentration camps any less wrong?
I bet you if this was the topic of the conversation, these people would have been out of a job in no time.
Did torture work isn’t the right question; even if it does work, it’s wrong and shouldn’t be done. The question should be: what other human techniques can we develop that would work as well or even better than torture?