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Old January 7th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Lead: the reason for crime?

Fantastic piece looking at some tremendous work that suggest it was lead that led (no pun intended ) to the drastic crime rise leading up to the 70s and the reduction of lead that has led to the subsequent reduction since. Steven Levitt's abortion theory might take a blow after this given the strength in data across so many regions.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Not surprising....just wait till we study mercury causes Autism.

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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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That was an interesting article. I liked the list of other theories as well. Though I am in agreement with the author some seem just real stupid.
Lead has been shown to affect mental stability of people who have consumed it.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 02:36 AM   #4
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I was reading The Guardian's take on this report just this morning. I'm not entitled to post links yet (newbie poster on this site!) but the link to it is on The Guardian's main page.

So its made it into some national newspapers here, online at least. As he says, "Is it really so surprising that a highly potent nerve toxin causes behavioural change". Its a big old point in favour of the "nurture" part of the argument about nature vs. nurture.

We're only just discovering some of the impacts of pollution - between this and global dimming, there's a lot to think about.
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