Cognitame

'Like it or not, we have placed our destiny in the hands of the experts. A politician is, after all, a kind of expert, if self-styled. Even the fact that competent experts must serve under politicians of mediocre intelligence and little foresight is a problem that we are stuck with, because the experts themselves cannot agree on any major world issue. A logocracy of quarreling experts might be no better than the rule of the mediocrities to which we are subject. The declining intellectual quality of political leadership is the result of the growing complexity of the world. Since no one, be he endowed with the highest wisdom, can grasp it in its entirety, it is those who are least bothered by this who strive for power.' -Stanislaw Lem

Is there a solution to violence?

by Ethan Glover, Wed, Apr 25, 2018

With the gun debate raging once again after the Parkland shootings, I'm left wondering, once again, if it's possible to find any solution. Banning guns or "assault rifles" does no one any good. Extra security at schools such as metal detectors and armed guards is effective, but that's just throwing money at a problem. It should only be temporary.

There is no gun problem. I'm convinced of that. There is a violence problem. All over the world. All through time. Appearing in many ways through many cultures. Mass shootings in the United States, acid attacks in London, or female mutilation in Africa. None of it makes any sense. And where the hell do you find a solution?

Do SSRI's cause mass shootings? Maybe not, but they certainly do nothing good. A lot of shooters take them. But a lot of people take them. That correlation isn't strong enough to take to the bank.

Certainly anyone willing to commit a mass shooting has psychological problems. But is it a disease? Or a state of mind that we are all capable of getting to?

What ties shooters together? What do they have in common? Besides being human?