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  •  Empathy deficit may well be an effect of lead (11+ / 0-)

    If you read the article and look at what lead does to the developing nervous system, it seems like that would be a pretty likely reason for it. The brain just doesn't work as well and particular parts are affected more than others.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:17:10 PM PST

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    •  Lead poisoning would go further (2+ / 0-)
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      in explaining criminal behavior in the case of poverty and physical deprivation, than it would in explaining criminal, sociopathic behavior by somebody who was raised behind hedges, on a wooded estate, who attended prep school.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:32:46 PM PST

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      •  Drum refers to those factors as well (6+ / 0-)

        His observation is that children already on the edge would be more likely to be pushed over it when the effects of lead poisoning are added to the mix.

        As to the second case, I rather think a case could be made that exposure to too much money can be as toxic as lead (if in a different way) and cause life long effects.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:18:00 PM PST

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