[James] Fallon seeks to reconcile how he—a happily married family man—could demonstrate the same anatomical patterns that marked the minds of serial killers.But no, a scientific theory is never discarded because of contrary evidence.
“I’ve never killed anybody, or raped anyone,” he says. “So the first thing I thought was that maybe my hypothesis was wrong, and that these brain areas are not reflective of psychopathy or murderous behavior.”
[W]hen he underwent a series of genetic tests, he got more bad news. “I had all these high-risk alleles for aggression, violence and low empathy,” he says, such as a variant of the MAO-A gene that has been linked with aggressive behavior. Eventually, based on further neurological and behavioral research into psychopathy, he decided he was indeed a psychopath—just a relatively good kindDoncha love it? The theory can't be wrong. The correlations can't be merely correlative. He has to be a good psychopath. This would be like discovering:
- a study of ballet dancers reveal genetic markers for strong ankles
- Joe has genetic markers for strong ankles
- Therefore, Joe (who does not dance) is a new kind of ballet dancer: the non-dancing ballet dancer!