Crime Think

It doesn’t get much clearer than this. Any policy decisions resulting in a reduction of mean IQ within a society are implicit choices to raise the level of criminality. If there’s wriggle room on the point, this blog isn’t seeing it.

The clearest takeaway from this research is that low intelligence is a strong and consistent correlate of criminal offending. For example, the risk of acquiring a felony conviction by age 21 is nearly four times (3.6) higher among those in the three lowest categories (1–3) of total intelligence as compared to those scoring in the top three categories (7–9). We observed differences of similar magnitude across each indicator of criminal offending and regardless of the measure of intelligence.

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June 25, 2015admin 18 Comments »
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  • Skilluminati Says:

    Selection bias looms over this like a Great Wall of Noise, though, no?

    This indicates that stupid people are more likely to get caught.

    Which, perhaps, we could have deduced without statistics.

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    Mike Reply:

    I was also thinking selection bias, but I think there might also a compositional effect: the sort of crimes high-IQ people commit might just be the sort of crimes that are easier to get away with. A low-IQ crime like mugging someone for their Air Jordans or phone is harder to get away with than a high-IQ crime like breaking into computers.

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    Scharlach Reply:

    The sorts of crimes that are “easier to get away with” are likely victimless or non-violent crimes that should not be labeled as such, anyway.

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    luxoria Reply:

    This seems relevant. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/abn/97/3/330/

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  • Alrenous Says:

    So, crime-IQ link. IQ also linked to poverty. Thus crime-poverty link.

    The crime-poverty link can be cured in some subjects with LSD. This is likely the main reason LSD is illegal.

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    Nathan Cook Reply:

    So causally we have crime poverty. Is it your claim that administering LSD removes the correlation between crime and poverty? That would seem to require that LSD makes you smarter.

    Suppose we amend that to low IQ causing both poverty and criminality, and poverty independently causing criminality. Then for LSD to remove the crime-poverty correlation, without increasing IQ, it has to reverse the direction of the poverty –> crime causal effect, such that poverty makes one less likely to be a criminal, if one has taken LSD. That seems very unlikely.

    So I think we’re left with a causal diagram that looks like IQ –> poverty –> crime, such that the effect of IQ on crime is fully explained by poverty. At least, that needs be the case in at least those subjects whose criminal tendencies are eliminated by LSD administration. The alternative is that LSD raises IQ, which is a bold statement.

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    Kgaard Reply:

    I think I know where Alrenous is going: LSD, shrooms, Holotropic breathing … these exercises take the individual beyond the ego into a sort of universal consciousness. The result is a huge upsurge in empathy. Much crime stems from a zero-sum-game analysis of inter-personal interactions. But when the ego is surpassed/exceeded, the desire to one-up the next guy just melts away. It’s replaced with understanding, compassion, and a desire to know and love one’s neighbors, friends and acquaintances.

    Never occurred to me that THAT would be why it’s illegal but of course it makes perfect sense! Capital requires atomized individuals yearning to be saved by STUFF and by work.

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    Nathan Cook Reply:

    That sounds plausible. (It could definitely happen to at least some people.) I want to amend my previous comment a bit more, too: if that’s how it works, LSD could plausibly disrupt the actual causal mechanism that makes ‘being dumb’ cause ‘criminal decisions’. The person would appear smarter just by eliminating all the stupid decisions he’d have made that were also really bad for other people.

    John Hannon Reply:

    Also there’s a whole lot of research purporting to show that crime can be reduced by group TM practice –

    http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/research-shows-group-meditation-can-reduce-crime-rates/

    Note that it’s not the criminals themselves doing the meditating, rather they’re apparently reformed merely by there being a group engaging in TM somewhere in the same city.
    Cue far-out “unified field” and morphic resonance speculation.

    Nathan Cook Reply:

    Oh lord, I remember reading about that ‘square root’ thing years ago. I think the claim was that if the square root of the number of people on earth simultaneously did TM it would bring about the hippie eschaton, or some such.

    I note that even on a site currently reporting on a UFO sighting in India, that TM article was published on the first day of April.

    LSD can reliably shatter the ego at high doses, and sometimes you come out of that experience with a more humane outlook. Nothing woo woo about that.

    Nathan Cook Reply:

    Bloody hell, I accidentally used HTML comment syntax. Corrected version follows.

    So causally we have crime ← IQ → poverty. Is it your claim that administering LSD removes the correlation between crime and poverty? That would seem to require that LSD makes you smarter.

    Suppose we amend that to low IQ causing both poverty and criminality, and poverty independently causing criminality. Then for LSD to remove the crime-poverty correlation, without increasing IQ, it has to reverse the direction of the poverty → crime causal effect, such that poverty makes one less likely to be a criminal, if one has taken LSD. That seems very unlikely.

    So I think we’re left with a causal diagram that looks like IQ → poverty → crime, such that the effect of IQ on crime is fully explained by poverty. At least, that needs be the case in at least those subjects whose criminal tendencies are eliminated by LSD administration. The alternative is that LSD raises IQ, which is a bold statement.

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    Hard Right Reply:

    The crime-poverty link can be cured in some subjects with LSD. This is likely the main reason LSD is illegal.

    You spergs are truly hopeless.

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  • Bedrich Says:

    I suspect there’s also a strong positive correlation between criminality and number of sexual partners/year

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    Hattori Reply:

    You’d be right obviously. The manosphere has long noticed and made sense of it.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    criminal gangs been recognised as reqruitment ground by everybody for centuries. in 5th generation warfare concept developed by penta gon they officially designated as  «violent non-state actors» (VNSAs).

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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Any policy decisions resulting in a reduction of mean IQ within a society are implicit choices to raise the level of criminality.

    Raising the level of criminality makes government more important, and creates voters who vote like criminals, meaning they can be bought for bennies.

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