Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side

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Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side

Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side

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Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief - Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady. A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. Agreed! This is a very timely book in the light of the current ‘Me Too’ movement. She describes sexual harassment and sexual assault, and she has a moving chapter on strangulation. She spends a lot of time on the case of Eliot Rogers, this man who felt he was always rejected by women, and then went on a shooting spree, killing many people, and finally killing himself. She describes these cases in some depth, and provides a really interesting analysis. I see this analysis as the mirror image of David Livingstone Smith’s, although they could both be right for different cases. As I understand it, Manne’s claim is that misogyny is largely unconscious for the individual. There is a societal pressure that’s very strong that many men and women are indoctrinated into without realising it.

Cinderella and Snow White have studied in this peculiar institution. But also have the most despicable villains, which side will these two girls choose?

This whole book is filled with Nietzsche quotes in between Shaw opening up a can of worms with an opinion and then dropping the follow-up real fast without giving a full argument for her point. Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who's assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he's not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all. Because it’s a rather hefty volume, plus I noticed that there are lots of controversies surrounding this book, I’m not going into details here. My idea of an interesting true crime book is more along the lines of the ones written by Ann Rule. Those who read her books will know what I mean. Terry gets great traction from the Carrs "suspicious" deaths. But really, a dug addict who is trying to break into selling drugs getting killed is not really the stuff of Satanic Conspiracies. More like the plot of a cheap tv show.

Russell’s book is a complex philosophical text and will appeal more to those with philosophical training. However, he has recently written a shorter and more accessible book ( Being Evil, Oxford University Press, 2020) which offers the same arguments in a format accessible to the layperson. For those who want to follow Russell’s approach, this is the place to start before returning to his Evil: A Philosophical Investigation for the more extensive and detailed arguments. In Russell’s work, readers will find clarity, rigour, and a secular approach free of the much discredited metaphysical and religious worldviews. He offers us a clear and persuasive way to think about morally evil acts and persons, despite the recent natural and social scientific attempts to reject the term ‘evil’ as antiquated, unhelpful, and even dangerous. Russell provides a philosophical basis to show why it is still an important moral concept required to accurately describe a terrible part of our moral reality.The question concerning the nature of evil is a longstanding one but I would go so far as to say that in this profound book, the philosopher Paul Kahn has gone a very long way in answering it. He argues that in our secular age we have given reason such a dominant place in our understanding of modern politics that we can only understand evil acts by individuals or nations as deficits of rationality. If the Hutus were simply rational, they wouldn’t have killed the Tutsis, and so forth. Thus, our response to what we see as evil takes an essentially pedagogical form. We first try therapy to increase the malefactor’s rational capacity, and when that fails, we turn to legal punishment. But this leaves us with no conceptual framework for distinguishing between the simply bad act and the evil one. In short, secularism has no explanation of evil. On the Beach by Nevil Shute, about a spreading radioactive cloud, is the most disturbing thing I have ever read. It really unsettled me for a long time and even now I can’t properly think about it or look at the cover.” ID8664073 Russell also offers us an account of what we mean by an evil person. Again, he begins with seven ‘folk’ intuitions and argues that the most plausible account focuses on a certain kind of fixed disposition to perform evil actions in certain circumstances. Russell’s account of evil persons relies heavily on what he also believes defines evil actions, and hence he is a pluralist about what constitutes an evil person too. Manne’s proposal is that in cases of misogyny, it’s not that men don’t see women as people. It’s not that they lose control in some way. It’s rather that men are morally outraged. They expect things from women: they expect nurturance, they expect sex, they expect love, they expect care, and they get enraged when these expectations aren’t being met. So, for Manne, the husband who strangles his wife out of rage, it’s not that he doesn’t think of his wife as a person, it’s not that he’s lost control in some way; it’s rather that he is morally driven, he feels his wife has done something horribly wrong by not being a good wife and she deserves what’s coming to her. The Lucifer Effect explains how—and the myriad reasons why—we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women.

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