The Experiment

April 13, 2008

A while back, I wrote a post in which I said that most people seem to be very malleable. As a “thought experiment,” I suggested that small children raised to be sociopaths would in most cases turn into willing murderers as adults. I (unhappily) suggest this undermines our idea of individual responsibility for our actions, an idea held by many religious people and by many secular people alike.

Although it’s not quite the same as the experiment I suggested (though it has been done by sociopath leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao), I think the attitudes and behavior of the children being rescued or kidnapped (depending on your point of view) from the polygamist sect in Texas seem to bear out my argument. Granted, there are slight differences (more sex, less violence), but I think it supports my argument that with enough control we can twist children into just about any shape we want.

Most of us do it by accident as much as by design, but if we really put out minds to it, there is no telling what we can do. Please don’t demonstrate my point any more.

One Response to “The Experiment”


  1. Yep. I’m definitely not having any kids.


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