[ExI] No need for radical changes in human nature/was Re: Private and government R&D

Mirco Romanato painlord2k at libero.it
Fri Jul 10 18:53:55 UTC 2009

Stathis Papaioannou ha scritto:
> 2009/7/10 Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>:
>>> http://law.jrank.org/pages/1364/Intelligence-Crime-R-20-meaningful-correlation-size.html
>> "Hypothetically, then, randomly assigning high IQs to low-IQ individuals
>> would decrease their criminal behavior by about 30 percent"
>> Yes. And since stupid people are perhaps more likely to depend on brute
>> force rather than cunning (except among themselves), one might expect less
>> violence and certainly less crime if IQs were universally boosted--unless
>> newly high-IQ pests became even more bored, frustrated and intrusive, like
>> script kiddies with their fun viruses.
> But perhaps it is the IQ differential rather than absolute IQ which
> leads to the difference in violent behaviour; i.e., you use brute
> force when you can't outsmart someone. The conclusion that boosting IQ
> would decrease crime is not supported by the evidence given even if
> the evidence is accepted at face value.

High IQ people could resort to violence and crime when they can not
outsmart their opponent in not-violent, not-criminal ways. But they
would have more to lose resorting to violence than lower IQ people.

The problem with crime, in this case, is how much costly and dangerous
is to resort to crime and violence. High IQ people could base their
behaviour on a more rational choice and planning, where lower IQ people
would act more irrational and emotional and usually they will plan
poorly or not plan.


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