# How many bad people are there?

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

1. ### sculptorValued Senior Member

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most likely stats would conform to a bell curve
out of 7 billion of us
14% either leaning toward good or bad
let's say 8% mostly good
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

3. ### iceauraValued 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.

5. ### wegsWith brave wings, she flies . . .Valued Senior Member

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What do you mean?

7. ### DaveC426913Valued Senior Member

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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.
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(more specifics of the experiment)
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All told, the team “lost” a whopping 17,000 wallets.
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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. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! 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 SamaValued Senior Member

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"They're all bad save thee and me, and thee I'm none too sure about."

9. ### RainbowSingularityValued 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. ### RainbowSingularityValued Senior Member

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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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