From: "Russell Blackford" <email@example.com>
> ... all these
> statistics show me is that a greater proportion of blacks and hispanics than
> whites find themselves in the underclass which commits most crimes (and
> whose members are most easily caught and convicted). It would be interesting
> to normalise the statistics for poverty.
Another thing these statistics show is that a greater proportiong of males
than females find themselves in the underclass which commits most crimes (and
whole members are most easily caught and convicted). It would be interesing to
normalize the statistics for primary educational background.
> Anyway, this is the beginning of the argument, not the end of it. What do we
> do about social structures that contain such an underclass? What do we do
> about its racial skewing? Also, there's an argument about what *can* we do
> without violating rights, etc. Personally, I think we need to look very
> carefully at how unqualified those "rights" are if this gives us pause.
What do we do about gender skewing? Ninety-five percent of prisoners are male.
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, and ego.
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.
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