[ExI] No need for radical changes in human nature/was Re: Private and government R&D
stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 23:12:58 UTC 2009
2009/7/15 <rob4332000 at yahoo.com>:
> But the correlation is equally consistent with the other theoretical
> explanation proposed in this thread, namely that stupid criminals get caught
> more often than smart ones. If that's the case, raising the intelligence of
> the criminally minded might result in fewer of them being incarcerated--so
> that there would be more of them on the streets, and MORE crime.
> Rob Masters
It is stated in some of the cited literature that this may be part of
it, but that there is also an increased (though less so) incidence of
criminal behaviour when self-reports rather than convictions are taken
into account. But maybe smart people are less likely to self-report,
not trusting that the researchers aren't working for the authorities,
or can more easily convince themselves that their crime is not
actually a crime since they didn't get caught, or something like that.
It's very hard to know the "correct" explanation.
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