How many bad people are there?

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by DaveC426913, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    most likely stats would conform to a bell curve
    out of 7 billion of us
    68% neither good nor bad
    14% either leaning toward good or bad
    which leaves about 18%
    let's say 8% mostly good
    8% mostly bad
    1% almost saints
    1% evil motherfuckers

    by the above, we would have 70,000,000 evil motherfuckers

    wild guess
    that is most likely a high number
     
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  3. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    Extrapolating from the percentage of Americans who backed the Iraq War and supported its proponents after the facts came out - not high.

    Unless Americans are uniquely likely to be evil motherfuckers.
     
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  5. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    What do you mean?
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Well, ask and ye shall receive.

    This is about as close to a test of goodness/badness as it is possible to get in a controlled study. And quite counterintuitive too.


    https://gizmodo.com/researchers-lost-17-000-wallets-in-hundreds-of-cities-t-1835666685

    "A group of 13 research assistants (11 men and 2 women) were recruited for a trip around the world. They traveled to 355 major cities across 40 countries. In each city, they visited banks, theaters, hotels, police stations, and other public spaces and turned in a “lost wallet,” which they claimed to have found on the street, to a nearby employee.
    ...
    (more specifics of the experiment)
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    All told, the team “lost” a whopping 17,000 wallets.
    ...
    Averaging all the countries together, there was a clear, if counterintuitive result.
    Fewer than half (40 percent) of people bothered to contact the wallet’s faux owner when it had no money,
    but a slim majority (51 percent) did when they spotted the cash.

    And for the wallets with $94.15 inside, an impressive 72 percent of people tried to return them."


    Let's recap that.

    Wallets with no money were returned 40% of the time.
    Wallets with a little money were returned 51% of the time.
    Wallets with a lot of money were returned 72% of the time.




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    The yellow dots represent a country’s rate of reporting wallets with no money, while red
    dots represent the rate of reporting wallets containing the equivalent of $13.45 USD.
    Illustration: Cohn, et al (Science)



    Gotta say I'm a little disappointed in my fellow Canadians, ranking at 17th. I would have liked us to be up there above 10th, under the Nordic countries.

    But overall, I'd say my faith in humanity's altruism is not dead yet.
     
  8. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    "They're all bad save thee and me, and thee I'm none too sure about."
     
  9. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    dog whistle idealogicalism as a moral cultural game of bully logic.

    if people do evil things to evil people does it make them godly ?
    is it like mathematics ?
    -0 + -0 = +1 godliness ?
     
  10. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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  11. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Nope. Your post neither adds nor inspires comment.

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  12. river

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    Many bad people also want control of others . Because that what makes them happy ; at the expense of the happiness of those they want to control .

    They don't " feel bad " about what they are doing . They have no empathy nor compassion towards those that their attitude affects . It's a form of meanness .

    Selfishness .

    And this happens through all walks of life . Unfortunately .
     
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