Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Mar 2013 15:42 UTC
Games "For nearly thirty years we've been having this discussion, asking the question: do violent movies, music or video games make people violent? Well according to Brad Bushman and Craig Anderson of Iowa State University, yes. Based on the results of their research they concluded in 2001 that video games and violent media can make people aggressive and violent. Based upon their data and their conclusions, however, it's safe to say that photos of snakes, crispy bacon, or a particularly rigorous game of chess can also make people aggressive and violent." And politicians?
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JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

It's however not the reason for violence. Like some gun proponents claim. There are a lot of things that make people violent, one of which is religious views.

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hussam Member since:
2006-08-17

It's however not the reason for violence. Like some gun proponents claim. There are a lot of things that make people violent, one of which is religious views.

from a theoretical or social view, yes.
from a practical view, no. ban civilians from carrying weapons and no one gets hurt. we can't always hide behind principles. sometimes we need to look for strict practical answers.

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manjabes Member since:
2005-08-27

Yes they will (get hurt). They'll get stabbed with kitchen knives, hit in the eyes with forks, get thrown with stones etc.
I'd like to see you ban-happy fellows banning sticks & stones. Even the EU is not that ridiculous (yet).

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

from a practical view, no. ban civilians from carrying weapons and no one gets hurt.

That has to be the most idiotic thing I've heard this month. Ban "civilians" from carrying guns and guess what happens? The criminals still get them. Then said "civilians" no longer have a way to defend themselves. Those who will use weapons to harm others don't give a damn about your regulations or bans. Perhaps the lives of criminals are worth more to you than the lives of the rest of us, but you can forgive me if I don't take that view myself as my life is just a little important to me. When we add zealous law enforcement into the mix, it gets even more complicated especially when the government behind them moves to control our lives more and more by the day. This has already happened several times within the last century. Do you people never learn from history?

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Vinegar Joe Member since:
2006-08-16

ban civilians from carrying weapons and no one gets hurt.


You don't read British newspapers, do you?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290658/The-battered-face-1...

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terrakotta Member since:
2010-04-21

Denieing the opportunity to deal with physical weapons and violent feelings (sometimes they are a necessity to survive but mostly it's undesired in social environments), isn't practical either and just an easy hack.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/weird-science-ponders-the-se...

The article talks about how we are inclined to abuse our advantage over another, be it a sharp mind or a knife. I think that's rather the point that needs to be addressed, rather than taking away one tool.

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Vinegar Joe Member since:
2006-08-16

There are a lot of things that make people violent, one of which is religious views.

From what religion would those views be?

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

From what religion would those views be?

How about, all of them? Read any religious scripture, and I mean really read it. Don't be satisfied with the interpretation of your denomination or sect. Read the books and you will not have to ask that question again. The Bible, Koran, and every other religious text is full to the brim with violence against those who do not follow the faith of that scripture. Murder, rape, slavery, castration. You name it, it's there. I could list a lot of quotes from multiple texts, but I think that's going outside the scope of this argument and, if you read the scripture itself, will be unnecessary. If you read those texts and still cannot spot the violence, you are deliberately ignorant and no amount of explanation will help anyway.

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

The three Abrahamic religions have been a cancer on our civilization for centuries. Actually read your Bible, take it off the coffee table.

Outside the scope of discussing the violence in it (unless of course you're talking about adult men of a working age who're of the same faith as eachother, no violence there, only love, but not too much love, because that's bad! Stone those guys!), engage in a little comparative reading. Compare it to our knowledge of Mesopotamian religious texts. A lot of the Old Testament is pretty much taken straight from there. Then there's all the Celtic and Roman beliefs that worked their way in. There's barely an original thought in the Christian Bible.

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snorkel2 Member since:
2007-03-06

Just about any of them Christianity included.
Crusades, Jihads whatever it's all the same violence in the name of God...

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