Posted By Guy Smith on May 20, 2013
Looks like we may be manufacturing our own demons.
Our gray orb has always produced psychopaths. Some folks are born bad as history and certain fiction maintains. Charlie Manson, Ted Bundy, Chuck Schumer – each ejected from the womb ready to wreak evil upon us. It is almost as if there is a genetic predisposition in many to manifest amoral and antisocial behavior.
As it turns out, genetics is one third of the threat trifecta.
Meet James H. Fallon (not to be confused with the occasionally psychotic Jimmy Fallon). He is a researcher at U.C. Irvine and among other investigations started examining the brains of psychopaths. He discovered that a variation of the MAOA gene (occasionally called the warrior gene) was common in psychopaths. Fallon discovered he had that gene and that he had descended from a family tree filled with murderous fruits. Yet Fallon wasn’t fatal himself, so other factors were at play. More digging inside suspect skulls led to the conclusion that this gene variant (3R for those who want more info) is created when a developing fetus is subjected to a lot of serotonin, the brain’s happy juice. Yet having this genetic quirk alone does not turn Jimmy into Jack the Ripper. It merely makes them cavalier about the situation of others (for more insight, start listening at around time mark 13:00 in this TED Talk podcast).
Add a little graphic violence before puberty though, and evidentially you mint monsters.
This trigger requires timing and vividness. The damage is caused by a boy witnessing 3D violence (or other profound trauma) before they become fertile. In the course of pre-televised societies, this required seeing inhumanity up-close and personal. However, in modern times where very graphic and photorealistic mayhem is acted-out in first-person shooter games, the triggers may be prepackaged and much more widely available.
Being a sex linked gene, most maniacs of the homicidal variety are men (though Lizzy Borden proves it isn’t exclusive and interestingly, one of Fallon’s relatives was Lizzy herself). Shortening the discourse; incubate a male fetus in a mother overloaded with serotonin and expose them to brutality before juvenility and you likely manufacture Satan’s own spawn.
Which may explain why so many psychopaths roam inner cities.
Drugs and violence are common entertainment in our ghettos. Many drugs are designed to increase serotonin levels in the brain, since that stuff makes people happier. Cocaine, ecstasy and other chemicals jack-up a person’s serotonin, as does small measures of alcohol. Since inner-city mothers are known to continue recreational drug use during pregnancy, they may be molding warrior genes in their male offspring. Let the lad loose in the hood to watch a drive-by or two before becoming of gang age himself, and you may have created a psychopath so complete that killing people for pocket change is a perfectly rational response for them.
This is happening in suburbia too. The most popular of happy pills – used for treating everything from PMS to ADHD – are the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which is a biologically correct way of saying the drugs let your brain keep more of its serotonin). Put a soccer mom on Prozac while she incubates her brood, then sit her offspring down in front of Splatterhouse and you may well produce equally indifferent violent predators as those found in MS13 gangs.
Good luck though getting any legislation passed that would regulate drugs (street or pharmacy) during pregnancy or violence (street or digital). Politicians would rather pass another meaningless gun control bill because those take no real work or the changing of human minds and hearts.