Scientists are sequencing Adam’s DNA to see if they can find anomalies that might explain what was broken in him. And yet, if someone has committed heinous crimes and is then found to have bad genes or a neurological abnormality, should we presume that biology compelled him? It’s a circular argument that conflates what describes a phenomenon and what causes it. Everything in our minds is encoded in neural architecture, and if scanning technologies advance far enough we’ll see physiological evidence of a college education, a failed love affair, religious faith. Will such knowledge also bring deeper understanding?
Legal definitions of insanity still focus on psychosis, the delusions of which are held to diminish responsibility. Medical conceptions include many additional bizarre behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. The legal definition has historically encompassed both questions of agency (he didn’t know what he was doing) and morality (he didn’t know that what he was doing was wrong). The psychiatric profession doesn’t consider mass killers to be necessarily insane, which distresses Peter. For him, the crime defines the illness—as he said, soon after we met, you’d have to be crazy to do such a thing. He found the idea of Adam’s not being insane much more devastating than the thought of his being insane. Peter has searched the psychiatric literature on mass killers, trying to understand what happened to his son. He came across the work of Park Dietz, a psychiatrist who, in 1986, coined the term “pseudocommando.” Dietz says that for pseudocommandos a preoccupation with weapons and war regalia makes up for a sense of impotence and failure. He wrote that we insist that mass killers are insane only to reassure ourselves that normal people are incapable of such evil.
Crimes of passion are relational, whereas plotted crimes such as Adam’s are unsocial. But the dichotomy isn’t clear-cut; most crimes lie along a spectrum. So Sandy Hook was a culmination—neither sudden nor entirely calculated, at least until the very end. James Knoll, a forensic psychiatrist at suny, has written that Adam’s act conveyed a message: “I carry profound hurt—I’ll go ballistic and transfer it onto you.” That’s as much motive as we’re likely to find.
More context, even less comfort regarding Adam Lanza’s actions at Sandy Hook. I wonder if Peter Lanza will ever feel compelled (like Lionel Dahmer) to write more in his own words. And, if so, will he too find anything in his own history, which is very limited in this long article, to connect to his son’s life? This article spends so much time dissecting the actions of Nancy Lanza, I almost forgot the “subject” was supposed to be the father we’d heard so little from up to this point.
Why does american english exist anyway
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The first recorded instance of syphilis in Europe was made in 1494 when it ravaged the French troops that were besieging the city-state of Naples. It is thought that they … ah, shared the favors of some local ladies … with their Spanish allies who joined them for the siege. The Spanish got it from Columbus’ returning sailors, who got it from the Americas.
Actually, the origin of syphilis is hotly debated. But the theory I just explained is the “traditional” explanation. If the theory is true, syphilis was the only New World disease brought to the Old World. It wasn’t exactly a fair exchange: measles, smallpox, and cholera are just the more famous of innumerable other plagues Europeans and Africans accidentally brought across the Atlantic.