Re: Rights (Was Re: Violence in schools)

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 01:36:50 MDT writes:

> It is a small percentage of killers who are psychotic in ways that are
> genetically predisposed. That behavior is predominately germinated, usually

Actually, a major fraction of it seems to be not just genetic,
probably frozen chance from earlier phases of morphogenesis/early
infancy. If your "compassion circuit" is knocked out, that's bad
news. If you see your kid start torturing small animals and pets for
no reason, watch out.

> in seriously abusive home life. Actually, by the time they are "serial
> killers" it's too late to chat about why, rehabilition is pretty much
> pointless.
Yeah, essentially one has to screen for them, and isolate them from
the society, humanely, of course. (The old-testamentary type of
justice would demand to kill such people on the spot, as soon as they
manifest their pathological symptoms, but we're too civilized for

> IMO the laws today treat children as property - making it difficult to
> intervene in abuse situations. For purely selfish reasons (I'd like less
> violent offenders and predators) I would prefer if children were NOT treated
> as property but rather as human beings with rights.
> N

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