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Violence in the chem lab this week

  1. Oct 9, 2009 #1

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    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gbl9HOrXrN5zLTpmFDu7ZnL88vTgD9B80NL80 [Broken]

    And it seems nobody has a clue about the motive.
     
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  3. Oct 10, 2009 #2

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    man, haven't you ever had lab partners that you just wanted to...

    oh, nevermind...
     
  4. Oct 10, 2009 #3

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    I think you just sometimes get unstable students admitted to universities, and some of the pressures of their first year just lead to them snapping.

    Now I'm considering myself lucky that I was only stuck with a pyromaniac at the bench next to me in chem lab!

    I'm glad to hear the victim is recovering.
     
  5. Oct 10, 2009 #4
    wow, young asian women are really getting the short end of the stick lately. weird.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2009 #5

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    It seems that the perpetrator snapped.

    I've heard of similar incidents in the past. It's pretty random. Some individuals just snap - like the tech assistant at Yale who murdered the grad student.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2009 #6

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    oh boy, looks like I’m in a big trouble! I just had my first physics lab, and it was good. but if things gonna turn out that way…man
    did someone mention murder:bugeye:
     
  8. Oct 10, 2009 #7
    There was also a UCI grad student who shot and killed his ex-wife just recently. Seems a lot of intelligent people are taken to violence lately.
     
  9. Oct 10, 2009 #8

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    citations plz :biggrin:
     
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    hahahahah @ quote edit.

    Thats crazy though at least she is expected to make a full recovery. Makes you wonder bout that person you got partnered up with though.
     
  13. Oct 10, 2009 #12
    Its not only the students who snap under pressure

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzBy6agXKoA

    :biggrin:
     
  14. Oct 10, 2009 #13

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    What was that one with the guy in the elevator? Was that a police officer and did he go for his gun or was it just a security guard and he went for pepper spray or something??? that was sweeeeeet
     
  15. Oct 10, 2009 #14
    LMAFO ROOT WOW that was probably some of the funniest things I've ever seen like at 4 minutes hahaha wow. Great find man.
     
  16. Oct 11, 2009 #15

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    Actually, while I think Pythagorean's comment may have been made in jest, perhaps it's not far from the truth. We don't know very much about the perpetrator, other than his family seemed to think he got easily stressed. Maybe it IS because he's not the brightest student and was struggling too much with his classes that he was feeling more stress than usual. Nonetheless, I think there still needs to be an underlying mental illness. Sometimes it's the stress of classes that triggers an illness to become much more apparent. Usually the underlying illnesses aren't this severe, but from time to time, it happens.

    I sometimes wonder if part of the apparent increase in such incidents is related to the increasing pressure for "everyone" to attend college, even when they may not be very strong students. The more people you push into situations that induce high levels of stress, the more likely it is that you'll find the ones that snap under that pressure. In the past, kids like that wouldn't have gotten into college; they'd have just taken their civil service exam and gone to work for the post office. :wink:
     
  17. Oct 12, 2009 #16
    "Nonetheless, I think there still needs to be an underlying mental illness."

    Does the use of violence imply mental illness? If so, how does one define mental illness?
     
  18. Oct 12, 2009 #17

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    Not violence itself. It's more about what triggers the violence and how easily its triggered.

    Officially:

    I think the underlying theme is that they there is abnormal development involved. Here's an interesting talk that talks about the correlation of brain damage with serial killers:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/jim_fallon_exploring_the_mind_of_a_killer.html

    So I wouldn't be surprised if there's a "broken brain" often associated with mental disorders, whether it's problems with the way hormones are being delivered or actual physical damage itself.

    But I also wouldn't be surprised if there's classifications of mental disorder that don't have a particular physical symptom associated with it.

    I think inevitably, the most important thing is that your behavior isn't disrupting the safety and well-being of yourself and others. There's likely people with mental disorders that will never see a doctor or know they have a disorder because they've somehow found a way to cope with (or make use of) their abnormalities.
     
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