I’ve been holding back on commenting on Friday’s shooting since I wanted to wait for facts to come out. Much hay is being made of the shooter’s crackpot views about the New World Order and the fact that he obtained his guns legally. Of course, this tells us very little since most gun violence does not involve political views at all and involves guns obtained illegally, according to the FBI’s own research. Focusing on these … Read more
Tag Archive: Violence
Let’s be clear: there is no evidence that violent video games cause real-life violence. None. There are a few people with axes to grind who will wave a handful of studies in your face. But the comprehensive studies, including the US government’s own study, have shown, at best, a tenuous link to mildly aggressive behavior.
Every time a mass shooting comes up, the video game thing surfaces because the shooter has usually played some. Of … Read more
The WSJ has a fantastic article today on the decline of violence in humanity. You really must read the whole thing.
Violence has been in decline for thousands of years, and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in the existence of our species.
This claim, I know, invites skepticism, incredulity, and sometimes anger. We tend to estimate the probability of an event from the ease with which we can recall