[ExI] Evil genius/was Re: No need for radical changes in human nature

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 10 15:28:22 UTC 2009

--- On Fri, 7/10/09, Olga Bourlin <fauxever at sprynet.com> wrote:
>> Do the terms criminal mastermind and evil genius ring
>> a bell?
> Yeah.  Who can forget Ted Kaczynski?
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unabomber

Yeah, but how many of his type are there?  Are they more or less prevalent as intelligence rises?

I, too, wouldn't make a strong case for intelligence increase leading to lower crime overall.  But I do think there's some correlation -- even if only because intelligent people tend to, overall, think longer term.  Does this mean their criminal schemes might simply be longer term ones?  Perhaps, but my guess is, on average, the longer term the think, the less inclined it will be toward harming others.  Needn't be so, as one can imagine someone, say, with the long term plan of exterminating all life.  He might think long and hard and know this will require cooperation with many others and at least some level of social harmony to carry out -- though, presuming almost everyone else would be against such a plan, it'd require massive deception which, too, would seem to require thinking ahead and a higher level of intelligence.




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