Scientific Medicine and Mental HealthScientific Medicine and Mental Health-Thursday March 27, 7:00 pm, Center for Inquiry-Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A,
Indianapolis. Topic: Torture and Killing Methods by the Inquisition.
What was the Inquisition? What were the diabolical machines used by the various Inquisitions? Who were they used on? Torture machines were
implicitly designed to maim and kill. Some were intended to force confessions and permanently cripple their victims. The Catholic and Protestant Inquisitions were notorious for their ingenuity in making torture contraptions. We will deal the gruesome designs of these machines, how they worked, and the anatomical damage they inflicted on the human body. Samples still exist in European museums. We will also discuss
the politics of the Inquisition. Were they secular or religious in nature? Who do we blame, the church hierarchy, divine monarchs, or secular authorities? Craig Gosling is group moderator.