Just for a second assume this is all true and checks out. It will mean we can test babies to see whether they will become criminals or not. Nothing we can do about it, of course, except know in advance. Now what?
A German neurologist believes he has pinpointed an area of the brain responsible for violent behavior.
We all struggle with evil, I have all of my life, I am sure we all have the same "spot"....perhaps giving into evil impulses causes it to grow LOL. The more good we do, the better we become, we die to selfish self centered actions. The more we love, the deeper the love, the more we hate, it grows. Our choices open up doorways of growth or disintergration. There are exceptions most likely, but I doubt they are the majority, perhaps only a very small percentage.
Behaviors can be learned. If we assume some personal activating event results in a consequence, then the underlying belief that bridges the activating event and consequence can be examined and often addressed through a personal awareness and relearning of the belief. Attributes, such as empathy, are learnable skills.
Seems less an 'evil' spot (heck even in the article they say they're not sure they found 'the only one') and more a spot of 'apathy and violence'.
'Roth, a professor at the University of Bremen, told Germany news site Bild.de that he had shown short films to criminals and measured their brain activity. A small section at the front of their brains showed no reaction to violent scenes; it remained "dark" when shown dark scenes.
But Constantine agreed with Galetta: Complex topics and behaviors are likely linked to other areas of the brain, rather than concentrated in one “evil area.”'
If this is confirmed, this will necessitate a huge philosophical discussion: back to a form of forced lobotomy, or not?
I hope they go easy on this and make absolutely sure they know what they are doing.
Looks like it works on some:
'"Whenever there were brutal and squalid scenes, the subjects showed no emotions. In the areas of the brain where we create compassion and sorrow, nothing happened,” Roth said.
Roth’s study, according to Bild.de, was conducted for the German government on violent convicted offenders. He said the dark mass that he has identified appears in all CT scans of people with such records -- and taking it out ended their “evil” behavior.'
but it may take a lot of stabbings to get rid of all the 'evil' in the brain:
'But Constantine agreed with Galetta: Complex topics and behaviors are likely linked to other areas of the brain, rather than concentrated in one “evil area.”
“I would argue it’s probably not the only “evil” spot,” she said. “There are other areas in the brain, there are lots of … empathy areas or violent areas or just social reaction areas within the brain.”
“This may be one of the spots, but I’d be surprised if it’s the spot.”'