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Friday, January 27, 2012

Gene Genie

Oh dear, I see some tired old Victorian theory about criminality being hereditary and determined by bumps on the head etc, has been dredged up and dressed in 21st century "genetic theory" to make it more plausible.

A University of Texas study recently published in the Criminology journal claims that, although there is no single gene which causes criminal behaviour, there are "probably" a wide range which play a small part in raising or lowering our chances of offending.

Dr J.C. Barnes, one of the co-authors, claims that there are thousands of genes that will incrementally (1%) increase the likelihood of being involved in a crime.

The trouble with research such as this is that, although scientists usually can grasp how probabilities and risk factors work and how significant or not they really are, politicians and the media know fark all about them and immediately work on the premise that an increase in risk/probability means "definitely will occur".

Cue calls by dog whistle politicians and the shouty media for a massive DNA database!

Oh hang on a minute, we're halfway there already aren't we?

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  1. Anonymous11:03 AM

    There is probably a rogue gene that makes some people predisposed to enter into politics.

    Someone should isolate and treat it.

  2. Ah, the old nature/nurture debate.....I am sure you are right Ken; politicians will "use" the research to further their own twisted agenda by twisting words and manipulating the public.

  3. Lord of Atlantis2:06 PM

    What a load of poppycock! Cue, for local authorities, encouraged by assorted left-wing 'intellectuals' and other do-gooders, to lavish vast sums of money on these poor, misunderstood unfortunates, whilst cutting back even further on front line services, either because there is no money, or to reduce their deficit. Meanwhile, our equally liberal, out-of touch judiciary will pass even more ridiculously lenient sentences upon those unlucky enough to appear before them, whilst coming down like a 'ton of bricks' upon law-abiding people who have hadthe temerity to try and defend their families, homes, property or neighbourhood from criminal activity.

  4. Anonymous9:30 AM

    Probability theory is poppycock anyway.