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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Can you spot the criminal?

Who needs judge and jury when they can simply hire me to look at people and distinguish the innocent from the guilty. Of course, I am a superintelligence:

Your score is 90%

The interesting thing, according to the paper that inspired the online quiz, is that women are actually worse at identifying rapists than pure chance would indicate. This tends to support the complaints of lower-rank men that most women are unable to distinguish between predatory wolves and protective guard dogs.

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115 Comments:

Anonymous fish September 06, 2012 9:07 AM  

Ooooh 80%! Can I serve on a lower court?

Anonymous JartStar September 06, 2012 9:09 AM  

70% - I haven't traveled extensively as Vox and I'm sure that helps.

Anonymous Salt September 06, 2012 9:12 AM  

Protective guard dogs. Like white knighting?

Blogger A September 06, 2012 9:13 AM  

90% as well (the arsonist got me). I have to get my wife to take this quiz!

Anonymous Salt September 06, 2012 9:14 AM  

60%

Blogger Markku September 06, 2012 9:17 AM  

60%. However, I was right in all the ones where my reaction was immediate, and wrong where I second-guessed myself.

Anonymous Starbuck September 06, 2012 9:19 AM  

I got 60%. I don't really know how to tell. Perhaps that is why I treat everyone I don't know like they are a criminal until proven otherwise.

I am not a real good judge of character on the first meeting.

Blogger Markku September 06, 2012 9:19 AM  

And the FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU to the arsonist, because that was exactly my initial reaction - that he reminds me of the arsonists from L.A. Noire. But I thought it too far-fetched.

Blogger IM2L844 September 06, 2012 9:25 AM  

50%, but conviction status is not an adequate indicator of actual guilt or innocence. I didn't mistakenly identify any convicted criminals as innocent. I merely identified and included the criminals that had not been convicted.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Anonymous Koanic September 06, 2012 9:29 AM  

When you've got arsonists, rapists, assailants and drug dealers mixed together, and no profile shots, you have to go more by expression than facial bone structure. The two arsonists in particular look Neanderthal.

If it were "pick the mugger" it would be a different matter.

Anonymous anon123 September 06, 2012 9:35 AM  

And , of course, this sample is indicative of the makeup of criminals based on race in society.

Anonymous sub-urban September 06, 2012 9:36 AM  

60% but there are several of them I would not trust - they are sure to become crinimals in the future.
While at the site I did take the famous artist / amateur artist test and scored a stunning 100%. So my visual acuity of beauty suggests that my prediction of future criminality may not be far off - especially if John Keats equation that beauty equals truth has any validity. :)

Blogger Rock Throwing Peasant September 06, 2012 9:36 AM  

To me, just seemed to come down to the "deadness" of the eyes and, if there's doubt, the mouth (slight smile vs. flat line - flat line is typical mug shot look). I've seen thousands of mugshots, though (worked for Corrections), so I have some history looking at criminals.

Anonymous Russell September 06, 2012 9:38 AM  

Vox, how dare you judge all those precious snowflakes by their looks! Each one has their own special story, and we shouldn't have knee jerk reactions based solely on their faces.

I got 90% as well. Facial expressions and eyes give them away more than not.

Anonymous Lysander Spooner September 06, 2012 9:45 AM  

Four 'Drug Dealers'.............hmmmmmmm.

If there were four cops or politicians instead it would have been more accurate.

Anonymous Roundtine September 06, 2012 9:46 AM  

70%

Anonymous Daniel September 06, 2012 9:46 AM  

100%. I bet the arson guys are the ones who fiddle with the reads of other people, because I've got the advantage of being a pyromaniac and the ability to spot my kind...

Anonymous Godfrey September 06, 2012 9:47 AM  

60%

Anonymous VryeDenker September 06, 2012 9:49 AM  

I got 60%. The criminals I didn't identify was the same story as Markku: I second guessed and got it wrong. Valuable lesson there if I ever have a daughter.

Blogger JDC September 06, 2012 9:54 AM  

80% -

Anonymous RC September 06, 2012 9:54 AM  

80%

No politicians? Corzine looks like a crook to me.

Anonymous Nebo September 06, 2012 9:57 AM  

100% went with my first gut reaction- no arsonist on my list.

Blogger Professor Hale September 06, 2012 9:57 AM  

They are all criminals. Some just haven't been caught yet. Drug users, dablers in black market goods. Piraters of intellectual property. Receivers of stolen property. It is not possible to keep all of the law, thus we are all deserving of the penalties.

Blogger Giraffe September 06, 2012 10:02 AM  

I totally suck at that.

Anonymous Anonymous September 06, 2012 10:12 AM  

got an 80%. Wonder why they chose all white people.

kas

Anonymous NeoBasher September 06, 2012 10:13 AM  

90%, I assumed the "Russian" chink eyed guy was a criminal, although I was apprehensive about it, because he's blonde.

The rest are easy: smokers lips? Criminal. Ears stick out too much? Criminal.

Anonymous stevev September 06, 2012 10:16 AM  

Jeez. Of my selection, I only toggled "not criminal" for 1 guy. All the rest looked criminal to me.
My score? 30%
Hey, where'd my tail go? Oh, yeah. There it is tucked between my legs.

Anonymous Vidad September 06, 2012 10:21 AM  

80%.

Fascinating.

It is most certainly the eyes.

Anonymous Marellus September 06, 2012 10:22 AM  

60%

Anonymous VryeDenker September 06, 2012 10:22 AM  

"Jeez. Of my selection, I only toggled "not criminal" for 1 guy. All the rest looked criminal to me.
My score? 30%"

If you're gonna be wrong, that's at least the right side to er on.

Anonymous CL September 06, 2012 10:25 AM  

I did it twice (reloaded to get different pics). First result: 60% Second result: 90%

I picked out the rapist. Well that's reassuring!

Anonymous stevev September 06, 2012 10:29 AM  

Pollock or Birds? 100%
Artist or Ape? 100%
2nd time with the criminals? 80%
Damn.

Blogger Doom September 06, 2012 10:39 AM  

I have a suspicion that women are biologically, psychologically, and in all other ways predisposed to being sexually active whether they know it, like it, or think they want it. They can always claim, honestly or not, that they had no choice, if they bother to complain. As well, it adds to the whole victim-hood idea they seem to have had in very early times and on through up to now. It's why women used to be kept under lock and key, more often by elder womenfolk, but by fathers and brothers too. They can't be trusted even IF they are on the right page about things. It's just the way it is.

Anonymous Orville September 06, 2012 10:41 AM  

70%. I'm curious to see who has low scores and if they have previously shown aspie behavior in past posts.

Blogger Chris Ritchie September 06, 2012 10:46 AM  

I second-guessed myself and changed my answers, but should have had an 80% had I not changed 2 answers. As it was, I scored 60%. I also went straight contrarian on one older guy even though he looked innocent. Turns out he was. Hmmm. Always go with your gut. I'd have had a 90%. :-)

Anonymous duckman September 06, 2012 10:49 AM  

Even without Vox's superintelligence I managed 70%. (The two "non-criminals" I selected as criminals are both armed robbers, so I really got 90%.)

;)

Blogger nobody September 06, 2012 10:50 AM  

60% but some of them like the "Drug Dealer" I would not consider a 'criminal'.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick September 06, 2012 10:53 AM  

Only %40 but I couldn't care less. White people don't scare me.

Anonymous Dr. T September 06, 2012 11:03 AM  

I expected a catch, checked "criminal" for everyone that looked honest and vice versa. The result was 30%.

Blogger The Aardvark September 06, 2012 11:12 AM  

70%

Anonymous Difranco September 06, 2012 11:15 AM  

60% but I would not consider a drug dealer a 'criminal' necessarily unless they violated someone else's rights or used fraud.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick September 06, 2012 11:17 AM  

OT: ECB announcement and the Germans. Any predictions?

Anonymous jay c September 06, 2012 11:34 AM  

70%

OT: From the Einstein vs Hitler quiz on the same site:

We men are deplorable, dependent creatures. But compared with these women, every one of us is king, for he stands more or less on his own two feet, not constantly waiting for something outside of himself to cling to. They, however, always wait for someone to come along who will use them as he sees fit. If this does not happen, they simply fall to pieces.

Blogger IM2L844 September 06, 2012 11:37 AM  

Reloaded a few time to see all combinations and the only rational conclusion is that the quiz was created by a misandristic black dyke with leukophobia.

Anonymous wuzrobbd September 06, 2012 11:42 AM  

70%

Anonymous Good Will September 06, 2012 11:50 AM  

The first time I took the quiz, my browser was set to not show pictures. I just answered randomly. Got 40% right.

Then I looked at the pictures. 50% right. I have no skill.

Blogger David the Good, AKA Vidad the Magnificent September 06, 2012 11:58 AM  

@Good Will

More likely... you look for the best in people.

Anonymous Stickwick September 06, 2012 12:01 PM  

Yikes, 40%. I correctly identified the rapists and the assailant, but I missed the drug dealers. I also incorrectly identified two non-criminals as criminals.

Anonymous kh123 September 06, 2012 12:06 PM  

"60%. However, I was right in all the ones where my reaction was immediate, and wrong where I second-guessed myself."

Same on all the above.

Anonymous Greatheart September 06, 2012 12:06 PM  

50%. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. I look for body position for my clues. Only rarely can I tell by just their face.

Blogger Good Will September 06, 2012 12:07 PM  

After taking the test four times, I got 100%!

Anonymous Wendy September 06, 2012 12:10 PM  

Eep, 40%. I picked one non criminal as a criminal and missed the arsonists and drug dealer.

Anonymous debbs September 06, 2012 12:16 PM  

70%. I missed the rapist and thought two were criminals that weren't. Or, maybe they are criminals and just haven't been caught yet!

Anonymous debbs September 06, 2012 12:16 PM  

70%. I missed the rapist and thought two were criminals that weren't. Or, maybe they are criminals and just haven't been caught yet!

Blogger Nate September 06, 2012 12:23 PM  

How the hell do you miss the rapist??? He practically has RAPIST tattoo'd on his forehead!

Anonymous Sensei September 06, 2012 12:25 PM  

80%, and the two I missed were as others have said, where I was right but second-guessed myself. Fascinating, I didn't realize this kind of discernment was potentially this accurate. I should start using it more in making judgment calls when more info is unavailable...

Anonymous duckman September 06, 2012 12:31 PM  

Difranco September 06, 2012 11:15 AM

60% but I would not consider a drug dealer a 'criminal' necessarily unless they violated someone else's rights or used fraud.

Yeah, he was pushing oregano as pot. (With apologies to the author of "A Few Good Men".)

Anonymous No_Limit_Bubba™ September 06, 2012 12:31 PM  

Kashmir I wonder why they chose all white people?

As an avid viewer of procedural crime dramas and one who never reads the local paper, Drudge, or watches local news....

IT'S BECAUSE THE VAST MAJORITY OF CRIMINALS ARE WHITE! DUH!

Anonymous Aeoli Pera September 06, 2012 12:33 PM  

60%, guessing the whole time. The only one I was pretty sure about turned out to be wrong.

So it went pretty much how I expected, given my high AQ.

I'd love to compare this type of identification with IQ and AQ.

Anonymous No_Limit_Bubbba™ September 06, 2012 12:34 PM  

Kashmir=kas.

I. Hate. Spellcheck.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera September 06, 2012 12:36 PM  

Furthermore, I'd love to break down the number of false negatives and false positives along AQ and IQ.

Too bad I'm a prole.

Blogger ruastatist2 September 06, 2012 12:38 PM  

100%...Are they hiring not-so-superintelligences?

Blogger David the Good, AKA Vidad the Magnificent September 06, 2012 12:42 PM  

They changed the images when I went back to look. Different people. And I repeated my score of 80%.

Curious. The test is more dynamic than I first assumed.


Anonymous snowdog September 06, 2012 12:43 PM  

90%. Just picked the ones that looked like mugshots.

Anonymous Dr. Idle Spectator, Criminologist September 06, 2012 12:44 PM  

90%

They really need to remake the quiz with more than just the headshots. Body language is also important.

Furthermore, I'd love to break down the number of false negatives and false positives along AQ and IQ.

And are you sure the middle-aged guy with the mustache is a non-criminal? I picked criminal and missed it. He looks pedo-rific to me. Maybe he just has not been caught.

I assumed the "Russian" chink eyed guy was a criminal, although I was apprehensive about it, because he's blonde.

He's inbred looking, but also too gentle.

Anonymous Dr. Idle Spectator, Criminologist September 06, 2012 12:47 PM  

Oooo, took it again. 100%

I keep getting the drug dealers right. Heh heh heh...

Anonymous stg58 September 06, 2012 12:55 PM  

90%.

Anonymous Dr. Idle Spectator, Criminologist September 06, 2012 1:02 PM  

Ok I took it a third time, to see if the previous score was a fluke. The faces keep changing.

100% again.

This time the arsonists were beside each other in the list. I don't know how you people could miss the them. The eyes on those faces are downright scary. "Oooh fire!"

Anonymous LL September 06, 2012 1:05 PM  

70%. It's in the eyes.

Anonymous Stingray September 06, 2012 1:16 PM  

70%. Like Markku, if I hadn't second guessed my self on a couple I would have done better.

Blogger ajw308 September 06, 2012 1:26 PM  

70%. One could argue that the drug dealer is an unfettered free market entrepreneur, the arsonist is a misunderstood artist (and who doesn't appreciate a good fire?), and that non-criminal, well, he just hasn't been caught yet....

The face gives away a lot, especially the eyes, like LL said.

Anonymous Noah B. September 06, 2012 1:36 PM  

60-70%. I guess I should have been a cop - they pretty much all look like criminals to me.

Anonymous szook September 06, 2012 1:39 PM  

50%....but they all looked a bit crooked to me....does that mean I can have a job with the local PD?

Anonymous Azimus September 06, 2012 1:42 PM  

I'd be willing to bet everyone here would get 90%+ if you were shown their clothes... street thugs pretty much broadcast that they are street thugs by their clothes - no need to get close enough to see their eyes!

Anonymous MendoScot September 06, 2012 1:44 PM  

Average 50%, no better than random.

I'd better stay inside, it seems.

A quick anecdote. I once managed to amble through an ambush. It was only as I was driving away that the cumulative inconsistencies came crashing down on me, "Wait a minute, those weren't cops!"

Anonymous JCClimber September 06, 2012 1:45 PM  

Nice how the test I took only had 2 non-criminals, when randomly it should be 50%, or if properly distributed by population, 10%

Anonymous Dr. Idle Spectator, Criminologist September 06, 2012 1:47 PM  

I'd be willing to bet everyone here would get 90%+ if you were shown their clothes... street thugs pretty much broadcast that they are street thugs by their clothes

But you see you run into a problem when it comes to pedophiles and arsonists. They don't announce themselves like that. That man with the mustache I talked about could easily be a theater director or middle-aged anthropology major.

Anonymous Cobre September 06, 2012 2:07 PM  

100%. As snowdog said, mugshot or not?

It's all in the photo quality (mostly lighting) to determine whether or not it is fake. Flatter, more drained images are mugshots. Some other tells, too.

Anonymous Lulabelle September 06, 2012 2:39 PM  

I scored 70%.

Blogger James Higham September 06, 2012 3:11 PM  

Think you need to be able to see the movement, hear the words etc.

Anonymous Emperor of Icecream September 06, 2012 3:23 PM  

My first thought was that your 90% was pure luck, that there was no way you could look at these photos and pick out the baddies. But it turned out to be surprisingly easy. I only missed on the arsonist.

Anonymous rienzi September 06, 2012 3:30 PM  

Only 50%! I better start hanging out with a better class of folk. Or should that be a worse class?

Anonymous Rosalys September 06, 2012 3:41 PM  

40% - but I must confess that I just chose randomly, so you could interpret my score as 0 if you wish. I can't tell by looking at somebody's picture if they are a bad guy. That is why I need a protector.

Anonymous A.Handle September 06, 2012 3:41 PM  

They are easier to spot the worse on the criminality scale they are. A couple of the "not a criminal" are border line/potential criminals that my extra sensory pre-crime ability spotted. It's better just to assume they're all criminals.

Anonymous Scintan September 06, 2012 4:45 PM  

I got 90%. The only one I got wrong was an arsonist that I changed my mind on.

Blogger Bob September 06, 2012 5:25 PM  

I got 80%. Missed the arsonist and one idenitifed only as a crminal.

Anonymous kman September 06, 2012 5:37 PM  

70%

Anonymous Grinder September 06, 2012 6:47 PM  

50%

Anonymous petiteQT September 06, 2012 7:03 PM  

40% (1st time) 50% (2nd time) 90% (third time, repeats though) they all look like criminals to me. Or at least weirdos I don't want near me. The fact that I got the rapists wrong scares me. Maybe it is easier to distinguish in person but I'll conceal carry just to be on the safe side.

Anonymous Rantor September 06, 2012 7:14 PM  

60' and the Mrs also got a 60. But I got a 92 on the famous artist quiz, so if you. need to determine the authenticity of art work, I may be able to help.

Anonymous Sheila@yahoo.com September 06, 2012 7:26 PM  

First time I got 40%, but I second guessed myself some. Second time, 50%. Third time, 90%. What this proves: I am lousy at this test, and this is a lousy test.

Anonymous Sheila September 06, 2012 7:27 PM  

Oops - mixed my name with part of my email; sorry; it's just me.

Blogger JACIII September 06, 2012 8:06 PM  

60% I missed all the arsonists.

Blogger bethyada September 06, 2012 8:47 PM  

80%

How many with low scores will comment here?

Probably better to run it 5 times and post whether you were consistent.

Anonymous tiredofitall September 06, 2012 9:36 PM  

60%, but that's under protest. That one old guy looked like a kiddie diddler no matter what the test said.

Anonymous Godfrey September 06, 2012 9:52 PM  

My wife scored 50%. She answered criminal on all but one.

I'm happy with her answers. To be wary of everyone is good policy.


Anonymous Hildebrandt September 06, 2012 10:06 PM  

# Godfrey

For me they were all criminals too. I tend to distrust everyone I don't know.
Probably anyone that lives in a city has learned this basic survival concept.

Blogger Desert Cat September 06, 2012 11:38 PM  

Orville September 06, 2012 10:41 AM
70%. I'm curious to see who has low scores and if they have previously shown aspie behavior in past posts.


70% (missed the arsonists), and I've tested high normal/borderline aspie.

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Anonymous cptnapalm September 07, 2012 12:46 AM  

Took it and got 100%. Took it again and got 100%.

Anonymous FREEDOM LOVER! Om Shanti Om September 07, 2012 1:04 AM  

80%. Got the rapist wrong. Now I'm going to try again and go purely with my immediate gut reaction. Let's see if I do better or worse than the first test where I thought about it for a few seconds before answering.

Anonymous FREEDOM LOVER! Om Shanti Om September 07, 2012 1:08 AM  

Damn, I got 50% going quickly with my gut as compared to 80% where I deliberated for a few secs.

One wrong answer was a face from the previous test where I couldn't remember if he was a criminal or not. I clicked not a criminal because he had an innocent looking baby face. Turns out he's an arsonist.

Would be interesting to do this with female faces.

Anonymous Breeze September 07, 2012 3:14 AM  

70%. Like others, the ones I missed were when I second guessed.

As for women being so terrible at picking rapists that's easily explainable: Women base a man's values on the tingle's he gives her. Creepy omega who makes her clam shrivel up is obviously a rapist but the bad boy is obviously innocent.

Anonymous FrankNorman September 07, 2012 4:24 AM  

70% here.

Anonymous FrankNorman September 07, 2012 4:27 AM  

80% the second time. And I thought about each one less.

Anonymous tdm September 07, 2012 7:41 AM  

50%, 60%, 70%, 80%. I'm a slow learner, also I got bored after 4 tries.

Blogger Peter Hartman September 07, 2012 5:49 PM  

80%

Blogger Duke of Earl September 07, 2012 7:21 PM  

70%

Blogger Lucas September 07, 2012 8:29 PM  

50%

As a rule of thumb, always assume that the uglier they are, the greater are the chances of being a criminal. In average, people in jail are less good looking than the general population.

Anonymous tiredofitall September 07, 2012 9:00 PM  

"Would be interesting to do this with female faces." -FREEDOM LOVER! Om Shanti Om

It would present a bit more of a potential challenge since I've actually seen* women caught in the act of committing a crime deny it with the conviction and anger of someone falsely accused.

(* In case anyone is curious, I've witnessed two cases of shoplifting, a nearly successful auto theft, and three incidents of child abuse in public.)

Anonymous beerme September 07, 2012 10:53 PM  

40%, 60%, 50%

Most of my troubles came from either thinking too much about it or falsely expecting a person to be criminal.

I find it hard to judge headshots without being able to see body language and clothing. I would have avoided almost all of these people in a public environment if possible. Lower class whites do not have enough positive traits to encourage me to have any association with them.

Anonymous FREEDOM LOVER! Om Shanti Om September 07, 2012 11:33 PM  

50%

As a rule of thumb, always assume that the uglier they are, the greater are the chances of being a criminal. In average, people in jail are less good looking than the general population.

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And yet you only got 50% using that rule of thumb.

Anonymous Anonymous September 08, 2012 11:42 PM  

"Would be interesting to do this with female faces."


I think they tried that. Unfortunately, the "not guilty" button was worn out to the point of inoperable.

Blogger DmL September 09, 2012 2:00 AM  

Your score is 100%

Anonymous Ain September 09, 2012 7:35 PM  

I went by immediate first reaction and got 80%

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