Sunday, July 13, 2008

Evil Genes

Glenn and I met up with Barbara Oakley, author of Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend, for dinner this evening and had a wonderful time. Oakley was coming through Knoxville as part of her book tour and will be speaking at Carpe Librum book store in Knoxville on Friday, July 18 at 6:30 pm. If you are local and are interested in psychopathy, psychology, or borderline personality from a biological perspective, check out her talk or read the book.



Blogger ward said...

This sounds fascinating. I am skeptical that science can reveal with perfect certainty the causes of evil but we have to try and it is emblematic of our age that science and personal revelation could be combined into art. Darn, another book goes to the head of the long line.

7:53 PM, July 13, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

I dunno -- sounds kinda...judgmental. Haven't we got past such contrived social constructs as good and evil?


9:18 PM, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the review on Amazon. Her subjects closely resemble modern liberal-progressives elites. For example: narcissism combined with cognitive and emotional disturbances that lead them to believe they are behaving in a genuinely altruistic way. Too bad she left that happy little group out of the sub-title.

1:23 AM, July 14, 2008  
Blogger Micajah said...

Her book is fascinating. I think it would be especially so for the few who have met "successfully sinister" people and recognized their nature. It's a good education for those who either haven't met such a person, or who met one and didn't quite understand his nature.

4:40 PM, July 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Believing that they were doing good..."

Dr. Josef Mengele, the hideous butcher of the holocaust, wrote in his diaries that when the world learned of his actions (experiments on and mutilation of Jewish twins), he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Makes ya wonder how sick people can get.

1:33 PM, July 16, 2008  
Blogger "Dr. Fred" Bortz said...

My generally positive review of this book has been getting a lot of hits lately thanks to a national radio appearance by Barbara Oakley.

After I finished my review, I got to know Barbara and met her in person when she came to my town (Pittsburgh) for a conference. I agree with Dr. Helen: Barbara is delightful and interesting

8:56 PM, December 01, 2008  
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