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

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 09:24:46 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 3:26 AM, Stathis Papaioannou<stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/7/8 Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>:
>> ### Let's back up a bit: Are you saying that high IQ does not
>> correlate with lower criminality? Are you saying that the
>> lower-than-average intelligence of criminals is purely an artifact of
>> differential susceptibility to being apprehended?
>> If so, what are the data you are basing your opinion on? What are the
>> predictions you can make based on your ideas, and do they find
>> corroboration in available peer-reviewed literature?
> The evidence is that people in prison tend to have lower IQ scores.
> This means that less intelligent people are more likely to engage in
> crimes that get them incarcerated, i.e. they are more likely to be
> directly involved in violent crimes (since these are more likely to
> get them incarcerated) and/or they are more likely to get caught and
> get a longer sentence. But it does not necessarily mean that IQ has
> any bearing on a person's regard for "good" and "bad" behaviour.
> Antisocial personality disorder is associated with normal IQ, there is
> no evidence that I could find that white collar crime is associated
> with lower IQ, and it would be surprising if those who head criminal
> organisations, armies or dictatorial regimes were not of at least
> average intelligence. So I don't think the evidence, such as it is,
> warrants the conclusion that the world would be a less violent place
> if the average IQ increased to 140.
### Peer-reviewed research indicates otherwise:

http://law.jrank.org/pages/1368/Intelligence-Crime.html and other
pages there, especially



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