Lead responsible for violent crime?

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Lead responsible for violent crime?

 http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/lead-crime-link-gasoline

New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.

My girlfriend is a Quantitative criminologist thinking about writing a paper on the sociological aspects of this correlation. It's an interesting finding, and one that, if true, could forecast much lower levels of violence in the future, as we reduce our exposure to lead. There's a 20 year gap in lead reduction and violent crime reduction, and the UK banned leaded fuel in 1996.. Meaning that in 2016 the impact should kick in. Fingers crossed.

 

 

 

 


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Interesting. I'd like to

Interesting. I'd like to hear more...


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Most interesting.

digitalbeachbum wrote:

Interesting. I'd like to hear more...

       

                 So far from what I hear I'm willing to buy into it; try this video;

 

         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3eaG_PB5ZU

 

 

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Fascinating.

Fascinating.

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Jeffrick

Jeffrick wrote:

digitalbeachbum wrote:

Interesting. I'd like to hear more...

So far from what I hear I'm willing to buy into it; try this video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3eaG_PB5ZU

Now the big question is will violent crimes go down if we remove more lead from the system?

 


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 Correlation  /=

 Correlation  /= causation. I am unconvinced. You might as well argue that increased use of Microsoft Windows leads to lower crime (or any of a million other things that have increased or decreased over the last 40 years.) 

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I agree correlation does not

I agree correlation does not (always) equal causation... 

 

usually because of an underlying cause of both. I find it difficult to imagine such a cause with two such disparate sets of data though.

 

This research is however interesting.