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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by beezzer
I think by the end of things, they'll just simplify it down to one common diagnosis that covers all the aggressive and undesirable elements found by society to exist in a person.
Diagnosis: Being Male
Prognosis: Poor to Terminal
Treatment: (zip...zip..zip) just let me finish sharpening my knife here and I'll get back to ya...get comfy!
Originally posted by sonnny1
These folks think so. Humans have always been violent, but could it be treated like a Disease? Should it be treated as such?
What they describe might seem at first like common sense. Intuitively we understand that people surrounded by violence are more likely to be violent themselves. This isn’t just some nebulous phenomenon, argue Slutkin and his colleagues, but a dynamic that can be rigorously quantified and understood.
According to their theory, exposure to violence is conceptually similar to exposure to, say, cholera or tuberculosis. Acts of violence are the germs. Instead of wracking intestines or lungs, they lodge in the brain. When people, in particular children and young adults whose brains are extremely plastic, repeatedly experience or witness violence, their neurological function is altered.
I was actually surprised there is research on it.
Some of the best-known research on this phenomenon comes from analyses of homicides in New York City. Homicide rates nearly tripled between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s, rose in waves through the mid-1990s, and then fell precipitously, like a disease burning itself out.
Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?
Very interesting indeed.
So if it can be considered a Disease, is it curable?
Originally posted by magycpapyri
So is violence a disease?, No I don't believe it is, but I do believe its a learned behavior. Sure humans have the capability of being very violent as seen over millions of years, but I live in a land that is proof that is doesn't have to be that way.