This article is inspired by another that I happened to be reading yesterday, an article about solitary confinement. I spent some time looking for it in my browsing history and I couldn’t find it, but I’m still inspired to write about it today. I’m writing about it today because the evidence is clear that solitary confinement makes permanent cognitive changes in the brain. There is even a scientific consensus that it’s torture and contributes nothing to rehabilitation of prisoners. But this article is not just about solitary confinement.