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Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers 419

Posted by samzenpus
from the super-power-corrupts dept.
It probably comes as no surprise, but researchers have found that most of us would gladly put on a mask and fight do-gooders if given super powers. From the article: "But power also acts like strong cologne that affects both the wearer and those within smelling distance, Galinsky noted. The person gains an enhanced sense of their importance, and other people may regard them with greater respect as well as extend leniency toward their actions. That combination makes for an easy slide into corruption."

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Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers

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  • Study? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Paul Rose (771894) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @09:45AM (#33868892)
    Study? Did they grant super powers to a set of people and observe the results? I skimmed TFA and didn't see anything about a study. Just a bunch of reasoning about what would probably happen.
  • Re:The intellectuals (Score:2, Informative)

    by TFAFalcon (1839122) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @10:26AM (#33869508)

    What do you mean? Ozymandias saves the world from nuclear annihilation. Dr Manhattan leaves.

  • Re:The intellectuals (Score:2, Informative)

    by Reilaos (1544173) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @10:48AM (#33869822) Homepage

    To quote Manhattan:

    Hah, end? Nothing ever ends.

  • by Creepy (93888) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @11:58AM (#33871066) Journal

    lol, of all the places to make a typo like that, and see it duped on the next poster...

    Heroin is the drug - Heroine is a female hero. So a heroine dealer deals female heroes, and knowing how buxom most of them are, probably to the sex trade....

    Heroin is a horrific drug, and much worse than beer - instantly and basically permanently addictive and usually destroys the lives of users (much like Meth). I think it should be legal (I think drug enforcement is a waste of time and resources), but require some serious education before you can buy it (as in, do you REALLY want to do this!?). I know 3 ex heroin addicts (I lived in a house with two - 4 of the 6 people in that house had rehabbed together, but for different things), and saw one (a singer in a band I was in) kicking the habit, which is literal kicking when a heroin addict is going through withdrawal. Supposedly the hallucinogen ibogacaine can help them kick the habit without withdrawal symptoms, but the US bans it, so you'd have to go to Canada or Mexico to try that in North America.

    I'd probably fall in the hero category - I have no interest in stealing even if I could get away with it, tend to be charitable, and like to help people. If I had a ring of invisibility (like Ring of Gyges), I'm not sure what I'd do with it... maybe eavesdrop? I don't really see any other use for it because I morally don't believe in stealing.

  • by freeweed (309734) on Tuesday October 12, 2010 @12:17PM (#33871406)

    Yeah, or as Marvel put it: The Punisher.

    There's a character that epitomizes the "Oh, I'd only do GOOD things" principle, and where it inevitably leads. And this is a guy without any "powers" to speak of.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.

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