The topic of crime and violence is of intense public interest.
Suppose that a new twin or adoption study comes out suggesting
that there is some heritability for violent crime. One of your
friends reads a press account of the study and discusses the implications
of the study with you. Below are some comments that your friend
makes. Using all the information you gathered in this course,
compose an intelligent response to each comment. Again, you will
graded on lucid and penetrating thought and writing, so take your
time and compose your answer carefully. Only ONE or TWO sentences
per response are needed for a good grade. (MUCHO POINTS).
1) Your friend says, "There can't be a heritable influence
on violent crime because crime is a social definition."
2) Your friend says, "If violent crime is genetic, then the
environment has nothing to do with it."
3) Your friend says, "If violent crime is genetic, then we
can't do anything about it."
4) Your friend says, "If violent crime is genetic, then rapists, murderers, etc. are not responsible for their behavior and should not be severely punished