Test all presidential candidates — the dead child/dust bunny test

If they were tested (or publicly pressured to be tested) 2 to 4 of those above would have to drop out (these individuals would appear totally unfazed, but then find a good reason to leave the race).  Trump is not a psychopath.  If I were him, I would publicly have a fMRI and dare the others to follow suit.

I’d suggest seeing if their brains respond differently to the following two images.  Which of the candidates lack even the biological possibility of empathy?

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“Let’s Stop Voting for Psychopaths! … But, How?? TEST Politicians

Make fMRI brain scans a mandatory part of the background check for political candidates and policymakers.

. . .  [Being a psychopath] means he has no conscience, nor empathy, but he fakes it better than normal people show true feelings. Psychopathy means he has no love, no loyalty, no decency. Betrayal on a whim. No remorse. Totally self-serving. Wears the disguise of the sweetest guy on earth and no one knows the darkness of his heart.

Psychopaths are estimated to be 4 percent of population. This means that there are 12 million psychopaths in the United States. Psychopaths like to control and manipulate (covertly), and are drawn to positions of power.

Classifying someone as a “psychopath” is not meant to be an insult. Psychopathy is a neurological condition. (Psychopaths have full intellectual faculties and have no break with reality. (Movies, TV, and mass media give people the wrong idea that psychopaths can be spotted because they’re obviously deranged. Psychopaths are not psychotic.) They are false friends, pathological liars, and clever con artists who take advantage of the fact that we are not taught to identify them among us.

“We would not allow a color-blind person to safely work, for example, as an air-traffic controller… society shouldn’t let a clinically-diagnosed psychopath be in a position of power (..don’t give the pyromaniac the matches or put a pedophile in charge of the day-care center).””… http://www.thepetitionsite.com/545/530/296/lets-stop-voting-for-psychopaths-but-how/

A neurological basis for the lack of empathy in psychopaths

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This is response in the right amygdala across groups of low (L), medium (M) and high (H) psychopathy participants, when they adopted an imagine-self and an imagine-other affective perspective while viewing bodily injuries. Groupwise effects (bars at the bottom of the figure) are expanded to show the contribution of continuous PCL-R subscores on factor 1, which encompasses the emotional/interpersonal features of psychopathy.

CREDIT
Decety. J, Chenyi. C, Harenski. C, and Kiehl. K, A. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013.”

Psychopathy Research — What is a psychopath? A liar. Why are they so puzzling? Neurology.  

How can we allow the congenitally mentally ill, the permanently morally deficient pre-adolescents, the moral imbeciles, the morally insane in positions of power?

Post redux: What the heck? Are these brain structures meaningful or not?

Of course they are.  The good professor is selling BS.

Professor learns he has the brain of a psychopath.  James Fallon is a neuroscientist who’s spent his career studying psychopaths, observing their character traits and examining their brains. One day by accident, he learned that his own brain scans matched patterns found in known psychopaths’ scans.”

I don’t buy this at all.  In my opinion, he always knew what he was.  There is probably no higher percentage of psychopaths in any group than in psychopathy researchers and experts.  Why wouldn’t they be interested in why they are the way they are?  When I became interested in the subject, I could find very few people interested in discussing it.  A few years later, I realized that almost all of my discussion partners were themselves psychopathic.

From July 9, 2010, https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/what-the-heck-are-these-brain-structures-meaningful-or-not/.

“Fallon’s brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control. The normal scan on the left is his son’s.”
“Fallon was prompted to study his brain after his mother, Jenny, told him his ancestry was full of alleged murderers.”

These photos are from “A Neuroscientist Uncovers a Dark Secret,”  by Barbara Hagerty.  Further quotes from the article:

The criminal brain has always held a fascination for James Fallon. For nearly 20 years, the neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine has studied the brains of psychopaths. He studies the biological basis for behavior, and one of his specialties is to try to figure out how a killer’s brain differs from yours and mine.  . . .

After learning his violent family history, he examined the images and compared them with the brains of psychopaths. His wife’s scan was normal. His mother: normal. His siblings: normal. His children: normal.

“And I took a look at my own PET scan and saw something disturbing that I did not talk about,” he says.

What he didn’t want to reveal was that his orbital cortex looks inactive.

“If you look at the PET scan, I look just like one of those killers.”

This situation described is very interesting.  There is a whole series on NPR on the criminal brain, Inside the Criminal Brain, Can Genes and Brain Abnormalities Create Killers?, etc.  I caught part of Hagerty’s show on July 6.

The question for me isn’t the criminal brain or serial killer brain, the question is who is a sociopath and who is not.  Who can feel empathy, has a conscience, views other humans as fools to be manipulated for one’s own ends, pleasures and amusement, etc. and who cannot and doesn’t.  Most sociopaths are not serial killers, but many still leave a broad swath of emotional disaster behind them.  Clever sociopaths can rise to high levels in business and government, it’s a question of self control and skill at being hypocritical (at recognizing when it is safe to express the sociopathic hungers, that are always there) — but they still have no shared humanity and no chance of developing any, imo.  The rest of us are so many bugs on the windshield to them.  So are these brain structures relevant or not?

Fallon certainly doesn’t appear to be sociopathic — no sociopathic arrogance comes through the photos, he lacks the classic “hollow eyes,” he has a loving family, etc.  On the other hand, families rarely ever recognize a sociopathic family member.  He looks like such a lovable guy, it’s hard to imagine that he might be a sociopath.  Could he be wearing that persona as a cloak?

What the heck? Are these brain structures meaningful or not?

"Fallon's brain (on the right) has dark patches in the orbital cortex, the area just behind the eyes. This is the area that Fallon and other scientists say is involved with ethical behavior, moral decision-making and impulse control. The normal scan on the left is his son's."

"Fallon was prompted to study his brain after his mother, Jenny, told him his ancestry was full of alleged murderers."

These photos are from “A Neuroscientist Uncovers a Dark Secret,”  by Barbara Hagerty.  Further quotes from the article:

The criminal brain has always held a fascination for James Fallon. For nearly 20 years, the neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine has studied the brains of psychopaths. He studies the biological basis for behavior, and one of his specialties is to try to figure out how a killer’s brain differs from yours and mine.  . . .

After learning his violent family history, he examined the images and compared them with the brains of psychopaths. His wife’s scan was normal. His mother: normal. His siblings: normal. His children: normal.

“And I took a look at my own PET scan and saw something disturbing that I did not talk about,” he says.

What he didn’t want to reveal was that his orbital cortex looks inactive.

“If you look at the PET scan, I look just like one of those killers.”

This situation described is very interesting.  There is a whole series on NPR on the criminal brain, Inside the Criminal Brain, Can Genes and Brain Abnormalities Create Killers?, etc.  I caught part of Hagerty’s show on July 6.

The question for me isn’t the criminal brain or serial killer brain, the question is who is a sociopath and who is not.  Who can feel empathy, has a conscience, views other humans as fools to be manipulated for one’s own ends, pleasures and amusement, etc. and who cannot and doesn’t.  Most sociopaths are not serial killers, but many still leave a broad swath of emotional disaster behind them.  Clever sociopaths can rise to high levels in business and government, it’s a question of self control and skill at being hypocritical (at recognizing when it is safe to express the sociopathic hungers, that are always there) — but they still have no shared humanity and no chance of developing any, imo.  The rest of us are so many bugs on the windshield to them.  So are these brain structures relevant or not?

Fallon certainly doesn’t appear to be sociopathic — no sociopathic arrogance comes through the photos, he lacks the classic “hollow eyes,” he has a loving family, etc.  On the other hand, families rarely ever recognize a sociopathic family member.  He looks like such a lovable guy, it’s hard to imagine that he might be a sociopath.  Could he be wearing that persona as a cloak?  If not, then the differences in brain structure illustrated above, which seem to me to be radical, are almost meaningless.