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Christopher Birchenough

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Should we be afraid of a Psychopathy Epidemic?

Assuming Psychopaths can out compete their Empathic counterparts, could we be looking at the extinction of Emotion?


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    Mar 14 2013: This is a very interesting question.
    From the book I have read : Office politics by Oliver James (Which suggest basically what this comment is saying).
    Then I might be inclined to agree, and that psychopathy would be an evolutionary advantage for the indivaul but not for the genetic gene pool. In the way if we had lots of people who were all prepared to kill eachother for material gain, then I could probably assure you that we would not last very long as a species. (Correct me If I am wrong with this statement).
    Also from what I know, psychopaths don't really feel much satisfaction, even though they excel in the business world. (I am not certain on this though!)
    But should we be afraid : That completely depends on so many factors. For instance whether the elite psychopaths still saw us as "useful". But I can't see any reasons why they would try to get rid of people unnescary, so this become a false worry in my opinion.
    I mean would you want to live in a world, with a complete lack of empathy? And it would be a sort of social Darwinism world to the extreme. I would be interested to see what form of civilization a group of pure psychopaths would form and what would be their universal norms.
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      Mar 14 2013: Yes the psychopaths would want to keep us around for a while, as pets perhaps, but assuming their condition is hereditary (Which it seems to be). There would come a point where their superior birth rate would allow their psychotic genes to flood the global pool.
      I fear that we pay much to little attention to social Darwinism, I believe we will start to see its effects very soon.

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