Suppose I Told You... ?
April 25, 2007 4:55pm CST
That scientists, psychologist, psychiatrists and doctors got together and isolated a gene that dictated whether or not a person would be capable of mass murders, killing sprees and massacres -- the so called 'psychopath' gene. Suppose I also told you, they were so sure they had found the root of this gene that they could actually take a newborn baby, put him/her through a battery of tests and decipher whether or not he/she was affected? According to them, the accuracy of such tests was astounding. Suppose they proposed to take away all these babies that WERE affected, from their families, quarantine them in a special facility where they would be observed and tested through-out their entire lives and that this would prevent incidents like Columbine, Victoria Tech and every mass murder or senseless act of violence in the world today. What would your reaction be? Would you be for it or against it?
25 Apr 07
I would be against it. I don't care what they think they know. I don't believe for a second that tests can tell something like that. I can't believe that it would be some kind of physical attribute. I think these people become what they are because of the life they live, and the morals and values they develop as they go. Interesting discussion though...I'd like to see what people think.
• United States
15 Jun 09
One of the common threads for psychopaths that kill is a lack of love and attention from their parents. Taking these children from their homes and studying them would only prove the scientists correct. What about all those who have the gene but don't kill because they received love and attention from their parents? A recent article that I just posted attributed the same personality traits of psychopaths to politicians. The only positive thing I could see from your proposal is that we would finally be rid of politicians.
5 May 08
with hand and with heart i would stand in their way. First of all, scientists get things wrong every day, while telling us they are right and selling us the latest pill. Secondly, I am absolutely convinced that such actions are the result of social, environmental conditioning rather than any gene. Any scientist who wants such easy answers would not be working very long blessed be
• United States
25 Apr 07
I would be against it simply because there is no sure way of knowing that the gene is responsible. So put them in a test tube invirionment and you still are going to have messed up people. It can not be proved one way or the other so why should a young baby be but through this. No way.