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Mark Rober placed some rubber animals on the side of the road to see who would swerve out of their way to kill it:
He found out that 94 percent of drivers did what anyone in their sane mind would do: keep driving on their lane. Remember that the animals were on the road's shoulder, way outside their driving path. They didn't pose any danger whatsoever to the drivers' safety. On the other hand, six percent went out of the driving lane to run over the animals. Think about that: sixty out of one thousand drivers actually went out of their way to kill a living thing that didn't represent any danger to their lives—and risking their own lives in the process, no less. Six percent were just cruel because they could be.
And of that 6 percent? 89 percent of them drove SUVs.
“We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behavior in every way, and some work on compassion and it’s the same story,” he said. “Lower class people just show more empathy, more prosocial behavior, more compassion, no matter how you look at it.”
And it begs questions about affluence. Of those who chose to run over an animal, most of those were SUV owners. For purposes of discussion, I'm assuming SUV owners are at least slightly more affluent since it takes more to fill up an SUV gas tank.
Originally posted by deadeyedick
Should we inturn run over the six percent?
What should we do with the ones that shed a tear for the fallen on the side of the road?
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by ReadyPower
I wonder if within that 6% there is another 6% that would swerve to hit a human if they were certain nobody was watching?
That would be about 4 people out of 1000. I wonder what percentage of people are socio or psychopaths naturally?edit on 25-7-2012 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)