For Anders Sandberg Re:Sociopaths

Clint O'Dell (
Sun, 24 Oct 1999 17:09:47 MDT

Anders Sandberg wrote:
>Actually, the basic cortical circuit is the same with minor variations
>across the entire cortex, including in the prefrontal lobes and the
>occipital lobes. The inputs and outputs are usually mainly the thalamus and
>other cortical areas, which ones depending on location. The difference is
>mainly which inputs each patch of cortex get. Even in the "highest" parts
>of the frontal lobes there are cells

OK. I now see how people can have an inability to learn or act from social programming, thus developing into a sociopath. But, that doesn't explain variences of social disorders, UNLESS they have other mental symptoms as well. Classifying someone as a sociopath minimizes isolating the problem. Such a classification would definately indicate brain damage (putting aside it may be the philosophy of a normal brain) and I would look toward medication and/or surgery along with cognitive therapy. Before doing so though, I would definately MAKE SURE they lack ability. How do you test someones ability, mental reflexes? Especialy someone who's uncooperative or may be lying to you (always need to expect that)?

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