Criminology 101 – Excerpt From Current Research in Classical Criminology
Section Introduction: Awakening the Assassin’s Ascension:
Awakening the assassin’s ascension alludes to the potential within humans to plot, scheme and murder. Mental proclivities mirror the brainpower of individual initiative, inspiration and intention. To inflict all manner of abnormality find culpability within the thinking processes. Mindset refers to what the brain does a result of cerebral chemical interactions. It’s a metaphor to describe the result of complex psycho-physiology in connection with ideas, thoughts and action. An illusion reflecting the internal workings of the brain, the mind offers a symbolic reference point for ease of communal discussion. We often explain behavior by what’s going on inside someone’s mind. Sometimes we say this is a state of mind, an attitude or ways of thinking. All of us are affected. Overall, the mind and its set of mental configurations relates to our inner neural network of human design.
The depth, width of complexity of human ideation defies simple explanation. A multitude of theories assert a range of cause-effect reasons. Nebulous notions of spurious “scientific” research have only touched the surface of the “iceberg” of human existence. A vast realm of consciousness, as well as unconsciousness, hides below the surface of reality. Tenuous definitions of ill-defined possible causes of human violence remain a submerged mystery. Yet, throughout the media, academia and public perception, we think we know reasons why people maim, torture and murder others. We foster the myth, magic and metaphor in discussions of criminality. While mindset reflects ideas, fantasies and limitless imagination, motives foster the fruition of touching reality. From the inner world of the psychic sphere, we want to act out the things we think about. Mischief stems from the ideation that occurs within the framework of thoughts. Our human nature is a composite of the ongoing struggle between personal issues of good and evil.
History testifies to the myriad examples of debauchery, destruction and death. Misbehavior, disobedience and assorted acts of deviance surface from the mindset of the beholder. We are the creators of both positive and negative results. Sometimes, we pursue our inherent proclivities and murder other people in the process of getting what we want. People make choices for better or for worse. Some find creative ways to act on desires, urges and cravings. Others go to extremes and commit deadly acts. In some recent research, the allegation has been made that “killing is fundamentally in our nature” as a human species. In terms of the view from that of evolutionary psychology, humans are seen as having evolved a mindset adaptive to killing other humans. Certain studies from this perspective hint at the inclination people have to take a life for a variety of reasons. Individually, each person offers a disposition to murder given particular circumstances that may be unique to him or her. These situations could relate to a person’s willingness to consider murder as an option. Especially if the options come under the press of uniquely dangerous conditions. Usually, these situations pertain to self-defense, protecting another from deadly harm, or similar conditions of homicidal justifications. None the less, indications follow a trail to the possibility that everyone is capable of murdering someone else. Circumstances define the motive, means and opportunity to terminate a life.
As such, it is suggested that males, in particular, indicate a readiness to kill when status, reputation or sexuality might be threatened. This might be a matter related to competition relative to matters of personal gain. Gain is considered against the risks involved in the commission of the act. And, concerns aspects of pleasure versus pain the acquisition of the desired goal. In a simplistic format, we ready, willing and able to commit serious criminality, where for emotional or material rewards. There’s always a motive, an intention and something to be gained. For criminologists, the sleight of hand tactics concern figuring out the “whydunit of a whodunit”. Investigative efforts become one of solving a mysterious puzzle. It’s called human nature and the darkness runs deep into realms of the imaginations. Criminality is the “X-Files” of human behavior. Dark, devious and deadly, the humanistic proclivity toward violence is legendary. Raw, rough and ragged, the mental motions of psychic mayhem confound the best of detectives, forensic experts and pseudo-social scientists. Since there is no quick and easy feel good answer, the term “cryptocriminology”, or “crypto-criminology” has been coined.
The suggestion offers the option to highlight the complexity of human thinking. And, underscore the fact, that human thinking processes do not an effortless, undemanding trouble-free explanation. Mental proclivities might be beyond comprehension for the foreseeable future. Crypto-criminology is a word suggesting the vast mysteries contained within the human brain. We don’t have simple answers detailing the scope of human motivations. Our inclinations reside inside the expanse of the cerebral manifestations. Subsequent psychic processes hunt in a surreal landscape of monstrous proportions. For within the depths of the human species, all manner of myth, magic and metaphor conspire to conceal the mental struggles. Territorial imperatives, whether mental or physical in perception, remain at the core of motivation inclinations.
That is, we will do violence, commit acts of aggressive, and take from others what we need. Depends on the ideation of the inherent observation and subsequent perception. We can overlook the fictions we fabricate in our thoughts. The fantasies that swim around the sea of ideas, circle in the dangerous waters of thoughtful insight. People are capable of getting what they want in many different ways. Criminal behavior is human behavior against culture, social convention and accepted rules of normal conduct. But, the most perplexing aspect of human actions relates to the question of why? Such inquires never fail to raise a host of answers.
None of which suffice to any significant conclusion. Criminology devolves to a guessing game of assumptions. Solid answers are difficult to find. We keep asking the questions. Given a multiplicity of circumstances, why do people kill each other? Are we naturally prone to violence? Does our awakening stir depending on the circumstances? There appears to be some basis in thinking violent acts are part of human interactivity with others. That it stems from the nature of human beings, somehow imbedded in the psychic formulations of ideation. However, that might be too simplistic. Because the question then comes up again as to why this is so.
And, there are no easy quick fix conclusions to the many determinations of human conduct in the global community. If the violence prone behavior, particularly murder, is inherent inside the person, then where does that come from? What history makes it a reality? Given rational choice, freedom to think and levels of creativity to control behavior, persuasions toward harming others must reside somewhere else. More likely, it is our freedom to make decisions about our behavior that allows us the inclination toward violence. While peaceful actions exist alongside aggression, people follow their motives. In following motives, we look for evidence.
Chasing the evidence trail is what good investigators do. Tracking down the culprit is all about motive. Yet, motive remains an elusive figment in the imagination. The mind fronts for the brain, pulling off mysterious sleight of hand tactics. Cloaked in gothic capes of vampiric manifestation, the mental processes fabricate all manner of inclinations. The intricacies of which remain constantly in motion. A state of fluidity in thought precedes action.
(Excerpt from a research project entitled The Murder Mindset by Dr. G.)