Sunday, September 16, 2007
If They Can Do it with Macaques . . .
Scientists are modeling primate behavior in agent-based interaction simulation models, exactly what we've been advocating here, using simple rules to develop complex behavior and finding themselves verifying some theories put forward about primate behavior but not really testable in real world conditions. Why can't the same thing happen in corrections sentencing? I don't have the brains or ability to build the computer models, but are we seriously educating no one who can combine the computer and criminology fields necessary for this? Can't we bring a computer geek and and crim geek together? If we promise full credit for the paradigm change they'll bring about? What if we promise them pharmaceutical cheerleaders (see below)?