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Wisdom of Psychopaths:What Saints, Spies & Serial Killers Teach Us About Success

To watch this lecture through live streaming via the internet at 2pm, go to:

Dr. Kevin Dutton "The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success".

University of Oxford research psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton reveals that there is a scale of “madness” along which we all sit. Incorporating the latest advances in brain scanning and neuroscience, Dutton demonstrates that the brilliant neurosurgeon who lacks empathy has more in common with a Ted Bundy who kills for pleasure than we may wish to admit, and that a mugger in a dimly lit parking lot may well, in fact, have the same nerveless poise as a titan of industry. Dutton argues that there are “functional psychopaths” among us—different from their murderous counterparts—who use their detached, unflinching, and charismatic personalities to succeed in mainstream society, and that shockingly, in some fields, the more “psychopathic” people are, the more likely they are to succeed. Dutton deconstructs this often misunderstood diagnosis through bold on-the-ground reporting and original scientific research as he mingles with the criminally insane in a high-security ward, shares a drink with one of the world’s most successful con artists, and undergoes transcranial magnetic stimulation to discover firsthand exactly how it feels to see through the eyes of a psychopath.

About Dr. Kevin Dutton:

Visit Dr. Dutton's website at:

This lecture series is sponsored by Dr. Michael Shermer's Skeptics Society.

To subscribe to free eSkeptic:

Tickets and Entry:
First come, first served at the door. Line starts at the South Door entrance. Limited seating at 375.
$15 for nonmembers
$10 for Skeptics Society members and the JPL/CalTech community.
Your admission fee is a donation that pays for lecture expenses.

Baxter Hall. THIS LECTURE MAY SELL OUT! Stand in line by 1pm at the LATEST to ensure yourself a seat. This is a No-Host event.

Due to security concerns, Baxter Hall will be locked and the audience will be admitted only through the doors on the South side of the building by the lily ponds. If, for medical reasons, you cannot climb the stairs to the hall on the 2nd floor, someone at the main entrance (located in the middle of the West side of the building) will escort you to the elevator.

Directions to Baxter Hall:

Building Location and Parking Map:
Baxter Hall at CalTech in Pasadena. Free parking on weekends:

Early Dinner Together:
We will be joining the the Skeptics Society in their standing tradition of dinner together after the event, so
those of us who wish to take early dinner can meet Outside to the left side of the entry doors.

We have a wonderful group of interesting, nice people; so our social gatherings after these events are always so much fun... come join us!

Dinner is traditionally at Burger Continental. Click on this link for their menu:
535 South Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

A very nice extensive menu... their salad bar for $5.99 is outstanding!.. so delicious and a nice variety. Enjoy the meal and the wonderful company, everyone!

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  • Cynthia W.

    This was a fabulous meet up! It was too short. I would like to learn more from this man!

    November 6, 2012

  • Alex Y.

    Very humorous!

    October 30, 2012

  • Yi-Mei M.

    I watched this live on my laptop. The video quality was great, but hard to hear. I close the site and re-open a few times. Finally after 20 - 25 min and few tries, I was able to hear the speaker clearly. Speaker kept me engaged. I thoroughly enjoyed this lecure. Thank you Cal Tech and Skeptic Society making this available and free to the public. Thank you BC meet up and V for getting the word out!!!

    October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again, Gui!...Yes, according to the Skeptic's website, you should be able to watch this lecture through live streaming at 2pm on: I'm sure this lecture will sell out... so please get there early if you'd like a seat. What an amazing topic!...

    October 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beatrice, you can bring as many guests as you want. Please read the contents of this post, especially "Tickets and Entry", and I'm sure most, if not all of your questions will be answered. Enjoy the lecture... it sounds utterly fascinating!

    October 3, 2012

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