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 Post subject: Psychopath test
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:02 am 
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check this out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUsGDVOCLVQ

Now I probably failed the test because I didn't get the answer this guy wanted. I wouldn't have flipped the switch, if the people were dumb enough to get in that situation then it has nothing to do with me, I'm not God, I am not going to act as God and choose one over another.besides which who really gives an arse?

I asked my son the same question and he said .how do you know who these folks are? you have a choice between 5 people and 1 person.the 5 people may all be horrible psychopaths and the one guy maybe a cancer specialist who has saved thousands of children from the disease......so which way would you go?


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 Post subject: Re: Psychopath test
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:50 am 
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You are over-thinking this, Ray. Your son is as well.

jorvik wrote:
Now I probably failed the test because I didn't get the answer this guy wanted.

You make the choice that you make. If it's an irrational choice, well that's your prerogative. If we eliminated all irrational people on this planet, then I'd never get laid.

Logic alone dictates that - without further information - you treat people as equals and make it a numbers game. Now if you want to play deer-in-the-headlamps like that doe which I killed a month ago on the highway, well... doing nothing is an option.

jorvik wrote:
I asked my son the same question and he said .how do you know who these folks are? you have a choice between 5 people and 1 person.the 5 people may all be horrible psychopaths and the one guy maybe a cancer specialist who has saved thousands of children from the disease......so which way would you go?

Once again... your son is over-thinking it. You have no basis for making this kind of conclusion. Logic dictates that any random person isn't far from mean behavior and absolute worth. But if you want to argue that you're the one who will win the lottery tonight, well...

This video is about several things:

1) Proximity engages empathy; distance not so much. Read Grossman's On Killing for a further analysis of this.

2) The amygdala is the source of raw, emotional, cognition-free brain responses.

3) A certain percentage of the population has lesser activity in the amygdala related to empathy. Some call them psychopaths, or sociopaths. Maybe... A certain percentage of them end up in prison. But some end up in special forces or as LEOs and do great things for mankind. The character Gregory House in the television series House is this sort of individual. He cares little about the patient; he cares a lot more about the puzzle.

Just contemplate what the guy's trying to say. He's making important points related to fighting and self-defense.

- Bill


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 Post subject: Re: Psychopath test
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:46 pm 
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If we eliminated all irrational people on this planet, then I'd never get laid.


Bill, I haven't been able to crack a smile since spring of last year...you know the reason.

But what you wrote did cause a bit of a twitching of the lips.

I guess it is true that getting laid is an irrational act. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Psychopath test
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:24 pm 
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Van Canna wrote:
I guess it is true that getting laid is an irrational act. :)

Yang needs yin. ;)

My thoughts are always with you, my friend.

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 Post subject: Re: Psychopath test
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:58 pm 
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Now I'm wondering if a psychopath would think things through--would a jury "buy" the resoning of throwing the fat guy under the train? Would a pschopath even care enough to act?

Ok, nit-picking here. Thanks for the post/vid...very interesting. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Psychopath test
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:27 pm 
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Now I'm wondering if a psychopath would think things through--would a jury "buy" the resoning of throwing the fat guy under the train? Would a pschopath even care enough to act?

Ok, nit-picking here.

Not necessarily nit-picking.

I think it's fair for me to say that the "psychopath" community is heterogeneous. There are good guys/gals and bad guys/gals. Some can act altruistically - occasionally because they're smart enough to live by a code and/or be associated with good people. And some are self-seeking and really don't give a sheet.

Understand that even and especially in the highly empathetic community, altruism ultimately is a selfish act. * People who are highly emotionally intelligent do good things because it makes them feel better and even live longer. Food for thought.

- Bill

* A good read on this is BF Skinner's "Beyond Freedom and Dignity." Skinner is one of the fathers of the modern behavioralistic views of psychology.


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