Monday, July 4, 2011

On Casey Anthony

I haven’t really commented on the Casey Anthony case, so now that it’s coming to a close, I might as well swoop in with the rest of the vultures.

Now, I’m going to say something kind of controversial that may shock you: I think the most pointless crime is child murder. Try to stay with me on this. It makes no sense at all to kill a kid, especially a young child. I mean honestly, those little shits are so stupid that some of them would kill themselves several times over the course of an hour if you don’t intervene.

What I’m trying to say is… this whole Casey Anthony business would never have happened if Caylee Anthony had just been armed with a gun. The two-year-old would have offed herself pretty quick. If Casey had just left a loaded handgun lying around, she’d only be facing neglect, instead of capital murder.

Well, a good lesson for the rest of us.


  1. Natural selection at work. Children of unfit mothers do not live to reproductive age and do not pass on their defective parenting instinct genes to a new generation.

  2. I don't think that's really how natural selection works... that's just how tragic statistics are made.

  3. Well, animals who eat their young don't pass on their genes to the next generation. So natural selection favors good parenting skills. That's how it really works. Evolution doesn't care about tragedies or statistics.

    I challenge you to find one evolutionary biologist who disagrees.

  4. @His Lordship:

    You assume that parenting techniques are hereditary rather than learned. Our species has the ability to supplant instinct with gained knowledge.

    I challenge you to find one evolutionary biologist who agrees with you. I don't exactly have one on speed dial, and I'm pretty sure Ginx doesn't either; as always, the burden of proof is on the claim-maker.

  5. I'm fairly confident Casey Anthony's problem was not genetic; it was probably chemical, from what I understand.

  6. @Mr Foss:

    Parenting techniques are not hereditary, but parenting instinct is. No one teaches a wolf how to care for her young, but somehow, she manages not to eat them. Why?

    I am well aware of the arguments on both sides of the nature vs. nurture debate, but I tend to lean more in favor of the nature camp. Millions of years of evolution-conditioned behaviors cannot easily be supplanted by most people. People are animals. There is such a thing as genetic memory and though research in this area is still embryonic, it is a fascinating subject.

    In the Third Chimpanzee, Jared Diamond demonstrates how pretty much every human vice has animal precedents, including drug addiction.

    If Ms. Anthony had a genetic predisposition to drug addiction, then that is a genetic flaw that impairs the survival of her offspring.

    I don't believe in free-will, but regardless, none of this excuses Ms. Anthony's alleged actions, and the Jury will probably find her guilty.

  7. ... and yet Casey Anthony's descendents managed to raise kids for millions of years without incident...

    Did Casey Anthony have a special "bad parent" mutation?

  8. "and yet Casey Anthony's descendents"

    You must mean ancestors.

    I guess it could be a mutation. Happens all the time.

    But not guilty? WTF. I thought for sure she was going to get convicted.

  9. You must mean ancestors.

    Doh, clearly.

    She pobably didn't murder her kid, but I'm a little shocked on the aggravated child abuse charge (I think it's proven that she moved the body).


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