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Old Mar 29th 2013, 01:05 PM
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Guns, germs, and stealing: Exploring the link between infectious disease and crime

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Can variation in crime rates be traced to the threat of infectious disease? Pathogens pose an ongoing challenge to survival, leading humans to adapt defenses to manage this threat. In addition to the biological immune system, humans have psychological and behavioral responses designed to protect against disease. Under persistent disease threat, xenophobia increases and people constrict social interactions to known in-group members. Though these responses reduce disease transmission, they can generate favorable crime conditions in two ways. First, xenophobia reduces inhibitions against harming and exploiting out-group members. Second, segregation into in-group factions erodes people’s concern for the welfare of their community and weakens the collective ability to prevent crime. The present study examined the effects of infection incidence on crime rates across the United States. Infection rates predicted violent and property crime more strongly than other crime covariates. Infections also predicted homicides against strangers but not family or acquaintances, supporting the hypothesis that in-group–out-group discrimination was responsible for the infections–crime link. Overall, the results add to evidence that disease threat shapes interpersonal behavior and structural characteristics of groups.
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This is a very interesting research paper based on US data compared by state. Looks like Maine is the safest state to live in!
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Old Mar 29th 2013, 05:39 PM
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Fascinating. So the first step to reducing crime is to cut funding to the CDC. Got it.
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True, about xenophobia. That is how it is here too. Everybody lives in their won little world of family and close friends, and they look out for each other and take care of each other, but do not give a damn about anyone else. That probably does contribute to our very high crime rates.
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Fascinating. So the first step to reducing crime is to cut funding to the CDC. Got it.
I'm curious how you came to this conclusion.
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I'm curious how you came to this conclusion.
...posting well after my bedtime and getting the opposite idea in my exhausted and addled state. My b.
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