LONDON teens are stabbing each other to earn kudos on the streets in a dangerous scoring system, it has been claimed.
The shocking points system, known as Scores, reportedly sees teens earn points for each person they stab – earning them credit among the gangs taking over the city.
The “Knife-Score Challenge!” I thought youth peaked with the condom through the nose challenge, but somehow they have found an even better game.
Notice these types of violent things will not develop among groups of young men in ultra-rich areas of Beverly Hills. There, amygdalae will be in a relaxed state, and the shock of a stab will not be seen as amygdala-relaxing unless there is some major cognitive dysfunction going on.
But go to a poorer area, where amygdalae are lit up by shortage, choose a population of migrant r-strategists, whose expectations of free resources will make their amygdalae trigger even more at the shortage, and you will find amygdalae on edge. Those amygdalae will be looking for an opportunity to do violence, to relieve the stress. For them, a stab is a distraction from the irritation they always feel, and it offers the amygdala a little respite.
I do not understand fully why amygdala activation drives violence. I am reminded of a quite grotesque experiment over a century ago with a woman who had electrodes implanted in her brain around her amygdala. They turned up the electrical stimulation, and she said something like, “Oh please stop, I just want to break everything and hit everyone! I can’t control myself, please turn it off!” For some reason, a drive to violence is a natural outgrowth of that agitation of the amygdala. It is hardwired in.
Of course this type of psychosis is what you get now, when these people are fed. All that is agitating their amygdala is an instinctual assumption that they should be living a lifestyle of the rich and famous on a megayacht, contrasted with the fact they only have a free apartment and food. When that free apartment and food are gone, amygdalae will really amp up and the real violence will begin.