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Is there an 'evil spot' in the brain ?


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#1    Saru

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

A German neurologist believes he has pinpointed an area of the brain responsible for violent behavior.

Fox News said:

After studying the brains of violent killers, rapists and robbers, German neurologist Gerhard Roth claims to have found a “dark patch” in the center of the brain.

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#2    Kenmister1

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

they said and where it lurks twice lol


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

Sounds like that is where it lurks.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

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?


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:03 PM

View PostSaru, on 11 February 2013 - 10:42 AM, said:

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.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

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.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:48 PM

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.

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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.”'

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

It is known that sociopaths lack the ability to feel remorse and form a conscience.  It has also been noted that this can run in families.

It all seems to fit.  Crime is not an evil spirit but a lack of compassion.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

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.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

View PostZaphod222, on 11 February 2013 - 02:09 PM, said:

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.
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Roth’s study, according to Bild.dePosted Image, 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.”'

Edited by Hasina, 11 February 2013 - 02:15 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

In reply to the OP's topic, there are many other things rooted in evil other than just violence. Manipulation, deceit, and the lack of concern for one's fellow man are right up there as well.

Edited by WoIverine, 11 February 2013 - 02:29 PM.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Shades of A Clockwork Orange...


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:17 PM

If there is, then the "God spot" also exists. Duality FTW!


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

View PostFlyingAngel, on 11 February 2013 - 06:17 PM, said:

If there is, then the "God spot" also exists. Duality FTW!
I wonder what would happen if we jabbed that area with a big ol'needle?

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

Since no one has gone here yet:

"What evil lurks in hte hearts of men?  The Shadow knows! Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha"





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