The mechanism that psychopathic populations eventually collapse human societies with is easy to detect. Left to theirown devices, empathic humans both compete and cooperate. Psychopathic humans will only compete. This eventuallyerodes the social contract, outlined by law but primarily comprised of trust. As trust degrades, that irrational compulsionto help other humans will eventually be overwhelmed by a sense of self preservation, and the empaths will differ allfurther investment in a society.
This is a scientific theory. And fortunately one that can be tested. Psychopaths constantly display easily identifiable differences inSPECT brain imaging tests when asked to identify words. This can be used to positively identify both empaths and psychopathsand genetic samples can be collected. Then the differences in DNA can be cataloged and any related gene or genes identified.Good scientific theory can also make successful predictions.
If I am correct, than the percentage of people in a population thatare psychopaths will increase over the course of civilization. This can be tested by exhuming and testing wide samples ofsubjects from known dated graves. I also predict that psychopaths will peak at the end of a civilization and dropdramatically thereafter. As the economy of scale shrinks there will be less and less yield from the economy of scale tosupport them. Many of them will be unable to adjust to the rapidly shrinking barter systems and societies and will beidentified and cast out.Studies:
Game theory, best known for it's successful cold war strategy of mutually assured destruction, is the social blueprint for modernsociety. In game theory's cynical view of humanity, humans always act in the most selfish way possible. All decisions arecompetitive, and cooperation must be an illusion because it is irrational. Game theory was a success against the Soviet Unionbecause it's leader at the time, Stalin, was a psychopath. Game theory did not consider that humanity was comprised of bothdependably rational and irrational(selfless) humans. In a word it's success against megadeath, was a fluke.Behavioral economists have since disproved game theory as only reliably valid when used to test humans who fit two categories,people who have studied economics, and psychopaths. Unfortunately game theory is highly political and benefits those who arecurrently in power, primarily appearing as free market style incentive systems as solutions to civic problems. As a result, I wouldstrongly advice against the use of small sample pilot studies or empirical studies based on literature. They are too easily tainted,distorted, and manipulated. In addition, psychopaths are prevalent in the top tiers of our society and will not want conclusivescience to be established on this. It is strange, even suspect that such a simple, testable, and vital theory has not been proposedand tested before. Instead widespread independent studies should be conducted across time periods, continents, and jurisdictionsand results should immediately be published to multiple sources on the Internet. Once that is done the results can be fed up thechain and submitted to selective scientific journals. Any conformation in the data at any site/period should be considered asuccess, at it is statistically unlikely that a pattern would be displayed over even a few generations, even with only dozens ofsamples. Please understand that this is not a path to short term profit. This will be a difficult endeavor, and attempts to 'own' it willonly get your efforts buried and obscured.
Impact and effects:
If this theory is established as fact what should we do next? If left to their devices, the psychopaths will eventually return us tocaves where they would rule with their elevated testosterone. They are destructive as independent members of a society, but canbe useful to humanity as a whole. It has been proposed that they are a primary drivers of improvements in human intelligencewhich is likely controlled by separate genes than empathy. I find this plausible. The strong (intelligent) survive and persevere asthe burdens of integration increase with the complexity of society. Likewise each economic collapse, eliminates the less intelligentpsychopaths as they can not adapt quickly enough. They breed with empathic humans and result in more intelligent empathicchildren than the empathic parent.I do not think the theory that they improve productivity of a society in any way is valid. Recently humanity has been riding atechnologically driven wave, which disguises their drain on society. They are inherently selfish, and will exploit every profit, evento the point of their and our destruction. They can not resist an economic 'golden opportunity,' no matter what the consequencesare for anyone other than themselves. I expect the impact of this opportunism to be highly measurable. Previous economic modelssegment humanity by income, sex, region, race, etc. The difficulty is many psychopaths are both highly invested in evadingdetection, and are effective at it, but it may be possible to work backward to calculate predictable losses based on populationdensity and income stratification. Empirically, the costs undetected psychopaths incur on society can be several times theircontribution, so the impact of such a model on prosperity would be enormous.
We need to educate the entire empathic population of earth on their nature. What they are, how to spot them and what theirweaknesses are.Also effective but more ethically controversial genetically identifying psychopaths and limiting their employment prospects may benecessary. Available jobs in tightly supervised roles of a purely technological nature with no interaction with other human beingsshould be effective. A true psychopath has never met a human they did not consider taking advantage of. Not someone an empathwants for coworker or a boss.