BIOLOGICAL ROOTS OF VIOLENCE.
Research, controversies, major issues, race, socioeconomics.
Whenever violence occurs, especially when it is committed by males, people begin to question whether society, by failing to nurture these anti-social... more
Whenever violence occurs, especially when it is committed by males, people begin to question whether society, by failing to nurture these anti-social individuals, is responsible for the violence, or whether these individuals are genetically predisposed toward violence regardless of the nurturing they might have received from society (4:52). Until recently, scientists had no adequate way to explore this controversy, and little incentive, since the issue was seen as so politically inflammatory that it was best left alone. Recently, however, advances in genetics and biochemistry have given researchers new tools to search for biological clues to criminality. Though answers remain a long way off, advocates of the work believe science could help shed light on the roots of violence and offer new solutions for society.