Friday, January 20, 2012

Fascinating and disturbing: Math may explain why serial killers kill

Math may explain why serial killers kill - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience -

Light's on but the conscience isn't home.
(Image via Vitreosity)

Though the new paper presents a compelling systems-engineering quantitative analysis of serial killing, the theoretical model must be adjusted, Fallon said. "The time course of (neuronal cluster firing) is in terms of milliseconds to seconds, and not months to years (which the authors acknowledge). So I think they need to add a component, perhaps a hormonal-type damping mechanism that has a time constant over weeks, months and years," he wrote in an email.
We clockwork oranges are complicated things: if the chemistry is just a bit off, you get light shades made of our hides at (perhaps) predictable intervals.

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