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Editorial
ably doomed to rise further, unless policymakers
will at least realise and admit that criminality,
far from being a consequence of environmental
socioeconomic factors, is essentially a biological
phenomenon that reflects genetically determined
antisocial predispositions. As such, criminality,
and especially its worst expression, namely, premeditated homicidal violence, should be regarded
as a public health problem [117] and must be prevented with modern policies based on science,
not on obsolete ideological dogmas or ‘‘moral’’
principles invented extemporaneously by philosophers in the last minute of the evolutionary clock
[5,6].
Evolution, not philosophy, originated morality
[5,6], which explains why most humans, driven by
the genetically conserved ‘‘egalitarian motives’’
[118,119] and altruistic behaviours that enabled
the small ancestral groups to survive in their hostile surroundings [4], feel the moral imperative to
reduce poverty and socioeconomic inequalities.
Likewise, most humans, driven by the evolutionary
[120], altruistic [119,120,122], neurobiological
[121,122] punitive instinct that enabled those small
hunter-gatherer groups to prevent their extinction
by executing socially destructive deviants [29],
also feel the moral imperative to use capital punishment for reducing the cold-bloodedly premeditated assassinations of countless honest citizens,
including innocent children [117].

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