"This is interesting, but basically doesn't prove anything. There could be all sorts of reasons for those correlations (for child molesters especially, the illegality of porn that they would be interested in might be a large factor). But I think…"
"That's pretty faulty reasoning: people don't falsely confess to a crime because they're thinking rationally, the penalties even excluding execution are pretty high. From what I've heard most false confessions are given because…"
"The problem is that execution is permanent. You can't take it back if you find out you made a mistake. Until we have a nearly perfect system (which we are nowhere close to having) you have to compare the risk of killing an innocent person by…"
"I don't think you can just throw the first study out, though it's true that it isn't the same as confessing to a murder. It's much harder to do a controlled study of that though, ethics concerns and the like :-)
So you basically…"
"if 7.3% of confessions are false, I'd call that a lot. If every execution had a 7.3% chance of being for the wrong person... that's way too high a rate for me (of course there are many other complications)
But yeah, there are limits to…"
"The problem with confessed guilt is that often confessions are actually incorrect: shy of physical abuse the police are allowed to use just about any method to get a confession out of you, this often results in false confessions."
"I've known people to order candies and stuff, but not really fresh produce. I think some citrus ships like that. I've heard of people getting sour oranges and such. I don't do it myself though, don't really have any…"
"Ernesto: you must have missed recently the dating site OKCupid (which is free, btw) released some statistics from their site. Apparently atheists had the best chance of getting a reply back out of all the religions when mentioned in the initial…"
"@blue pashima. The woman being interviewed by Blitzer has a TON of class!
@Randall. I tend to agree about rednecks. Personal bias on my part, but the sound of Country and Western music is, to me, the equivalent of a knife scraping against a…"
"There are a TON of assumptions out there about atheists, mostly promulgated by believers and very often by believers who have NEVER MET an atheist! This is where speaking out continues to be so very important, and me 'at's off to you…"