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  1. #1 to kill or not to kill 
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    I saw this documentary once(about five years ago) where they stated the statistics of people who get the urge to kill compared to the people who actually act on that urge. Does anyone know the exact statistics(since I forgot)?

    And with that said, what chemicals in our brain gives us that urge?


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    anyone?


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    I havn't seen that documentry..But I think I can be of assitance on the chemical side of things.

    From my knowledge its from a lack of chemical in the brain. Its this chemical composition of the brain that decides how its internal dialoge and how the person reacts to the situation. these chemicals can be seen by scanning the brain. there has been alot of study done into comparing the chemical composition of a criminals brain and childhood to that of an average citizen.

    As to what the chemical is I have no idea. Its in none of my foreniscs books. Had a bit of the search on the web but its rather difficult. Have seen documentrys on the brain before were they show what areas of the brain react ro certain positions. They showed scanns of a normal brains activity in a stressful situation compared to that of a crimminal.

    when comparing chemical compositions one also has to take in mind any other mental illnesses for these also can be from abnormalties in chemical compostion. Depression also has been linked to chemical compostion of the brain. I think the chemical is called serotonin. not sure if thats the way you spell it though. i'll keep having a look for this information and If I find anything more of interest I'll let you know. The above information is from my own brain, so I really can't tell you the source of the information.
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    I would have thought all males at least have the capacity to kill. My own opinion is that we now find other things to satisfy this primative urge, or the 'civilised' side of us, wins out over the animal instinct. Today we only kill things on the PC screen.
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    Just remember Billco there are crazy female murderers too, but there not as comman. The "primitive urge" you speak of is normally encouraged pretty much by a chemical imbalance in the persons mind. there have been studies done that show the difference between which parts of the brain are active and the chemical balances and reactions in different situations of a normal person compared to a criminal. I think chemical balances have alot to do with it. But these balances relate back to there childhood and all sorts of stuff as to why they didn;t develope those chemicals could be a number of reasons.
    The completle list of these reasons I'm not exactly sure. I was trying to get my science teacher to talk about it with me a while ago..but he wouldn;t tell me because we cover it in the older grades. -sighs- I wish they'd let me do a harder class...
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    Thanks a lot everyone. They did show the scans of the brains but darn it I can't remember it was so long ago(I was still in middle school when I saw this). And Enchanting_lullabye, if you could find more information it would be much appreciated. Thanks again!
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    chemicals or morality
    insects rarely bother with either one
    the praying mantis excepted
    piously she eats her mate
    such is the nature of monogamy for some
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    please stop resurrecting ancient threads, due to a forum software problem in July no-one is watching any treads from pre-July 2011.
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