posted on Dec, 20 2017 @ 01:38 PM
The op has asked about Implementing Thought crimes, to catch predators who prey on children, pedophiles.
After giving this careful thought the answer has to be no.
The reason for this is both complex and simple. The first is that there really is no way to tell what a person is thinking. To do that would be in
the area of metaphysics and that of telepathy. The internal workings of the brain is still a mystery and ultimately still in short new science.
But there are other things that should be taken into consideration. The first is that how does one determine what a person is thinking? Law
enforcement who works on these kinds of crimes, even people who watch the news and hears of crimes like this, have such on their mind, would they be
found guilty as well? And what if the person had mental health issues, and random thoughts about such, then what, do you throw them in jail as well?
Ever had to deal with anyone who had dementia? They display behaviors that are often quite odd, and out of the ordinary and often can be scary and
sad, do you arrest them cause they have no self control?
And then you come to the next problem and that is the exploitation of this law. The Op suggests it to arrest people for thinking of such now, what is
to stop say a politician from exploiting this and expanding it to other areas? What if it is one that wants to remove all political opposition, would
that be ok? How about other crimes, like theft or rape or any one with say a gun or any other socially unpopular opinion or action then where does it
The final part that we should consider and this is how much more privacy are people willing to give up? Cause ultimately that would be the full
invasion of privacy. We already give up much of such through our everyday lives, but to give up thoughts, and if the develop a way to read peoples
minds, to have real telepathy, it could cause far more problems than the benefits are worth.