08 November 2007

The "science" of criminal profiling

Malcolm Gladwell takes on criminal profiling in this week's New Yorker, tying the discipline's pseudo-scientific methods into a neat narrative knot. Gladwell directly compares the practice to the tricks used by fortune-tellers, but only after destroying profiling's fundamental assumptions (i.e. that crimes encode information about those who commit them). It's good reading.

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