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PHYSICAL INSENSIBILITY.

"If the enquiry were to concern itself simply with, physical courage—the ability to endure pain—then, probably, the average criminal would be 1 ranked as, on the average, more courageous than normal man; but it would not foe due to a greater will power or selfcontrol so much as to the well-known fact, scientifically established, that -many criminal types show a much higher degree of physical insensibility than the normal civilised man. The same is true'of certain insane types. Experiments have shown that in the criminal (of the lower and more brutal types, •anyway), there is an bbtuseness in the sensibility of many parts of the body, and that, with perhaps the exception of sight, it applies equally to the senses. In general, and no doubt due to this physical insensibility, there is a corresponding moral insensibility in the criminal. It is not, as one writer on the subject states, that the voice of sentiment is entirely silent, but the passions which make the heart of the normal man beat with the greatest force are very feeble in them. The sentiment of pity for the suffering of another appears often dead, just because criminals themselves are so often largely insensible to suffering.

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PHYSICAL INSENSIBILITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914

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PHYSICAL INSENSIBILITY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914

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