May 26, 2013
Will Social Networks Make Psychopath Cheating Harder?

Will psychopaths find it harder to use and abuse people because computer social networks will label them?

Even further: if there are genetic causes of psychopathy (which seems very likely) will people surreptitiously get genetic samples from each other, get the samples tested, and get confirmation that, yes, the abuser is a psychopath? Will people then become adept at publishing the DNA testing results in a way that can't be traced back to them?

Granted, governments get emails and track down who said what and who went to what web site. But there are ways to make emails very hard to trace to their origins. So given a web site in another country where DNA testing results could get published any one government's attempt to protect DNA privacy seems defeatable.

These stray thoughts came to me while reading Adrian Raine's The Anatomy Of Violence: The Biological Roots Of Crime. He talks about how psychopaths can take advantage of the reciprocal altruist majority by moving on from one group of victims to another. But I think this is going to get harder to do.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2013 May 26 10:26 PM 


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Sam said at May 27, 2013 2:55 AM:

"...psychopaths can take advantage of the reciprocal altruist majority by moving on from one group of victims to another..."

Hmmm... Could tribes of people do this? I wonder.

Phillep Harding said at May 27, 2013 10:12 AM:

Uhm... Maybe. Some.

Then there are the Griefers, spoilers, and other types of trolls, plus the liars and bullies who are "just having fun".

Kudzu Bob said at May 27, 2013 7:27 PM:

Will psychopaths find it harder to use and abuse people because computer social networks will label them?

Well, yes and no:

"According to a careful analysis of the DNA sample that was submitted with your resume, it seems that you meet all the criteria for--how to put this?--for what the layman refers to as a 'psychopath.' Young man, welcome to Goldman Sachs."

bbartlog said at May 29, 2013 7:26 AM:

I think highly talented psychopaths will still be able to exploit society (you don't see people like Jamie Dimon being forced to move on to another position). And the less talented psychopaths will just have to target less rational, more easily snowed people - the kind who wouldn't use or wouldn't tend to believe DNA test results anyway. They probably target more vulnerable groups already anyway. Basically, if you're to the point where you *suspect* someone might be a psychopath/sociopath, the game is already almost up for them anyway, at least in terms of you being a likely mark.

Ronald Brak said at May 29, 2013 3:23 PM:

While there is a strong genetic component, it is quite normal for identical twins and their identical DNA not to both be psychopaths, so a genetic test will not be definitive. Also, there would be an awful lot of women who such a test would register as psychopaths without meeting the clinical definition of antisocial personality disorder.

Luke Lea said at May 29, 2013 6:12 PM:

Especially when we get national ID's.

Doug said at May 29, 2013 10:10 PM:

You're talking disruptive technology here. You know, people have long said you'ld have to be a little crazy to run for Congress. It would be interesting if they were shown to be right!

Paul said at May 31, 2013 2:04 AM:

I actually wrote about this very topic a few months ago - and the answer is something closer to "stigmergy" that is enabled by sufficient collective intelligence in an ad-hoc disintermediated reputation network. Here's the essay:

http://enthea.org/writing/innovating-our-way-to-a-peaceful-and-liberating-anarchy/

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