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Several MMAH members are planning to carpool to
A couple of
years ago MMAH had a joint meeting with CFI MSU in which
In her presentation of Evil Genes, she discussed the results of latest scientific study into the genetic components involved with human behavior and takes readers on a provocative exploration of the darkest recesses of the human personality. She examined human evil from a scientific perspective and recounted personal experiences that led her to research the topic, including episodes from her sister's life and from her travels. She detailed recent advances in brain imaging and genetics that have implications for traditional views of evil, and discusses why a scientific understanding of evil is important.
Barbara said one of the most difficult problems in society today is understanding why some people intentionally inflict emotional and physical pain on others, and that such intentional pain occurs not only on a local level within families, with "friends," or in work situations, but also on a national and international scale. She pointed to Hitler's Holocaust, Stalin's notorious purges, and Chairman Mao's knowing slaughter of tens of millions. She sees that Neuroscience and genetics are providing the potential for a revolution in our understanding of why "bad" people do what they do. (Open http://www2.oakland.edu/users/oakley/ for more about Barbara and her amazing achievements.)
presentation on her latest book, Cold-Blooded Kindness, holds the promise of providing another evening of unforgettable
delight. If you are interested in carpooling with us from
Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists
American Atheists Affiliate
"The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides."
---- Carl Sagan
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS ON THURSDAY!
Are some people predisposed to kindness to the point of being destructive to themselves and others? How much of our help is fulfilling our own needs—including those of our hidden passions?
Join us to hear Barb Oakley answer these questions and other topics addressed in her latest book Cold-Blooded Kindness, which is soon to be published.
· Meetings are open to the Public.
After the meeting, join us at Vitale's
Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE,
· Cost: $6.00 general admission. Free for Friends of the Center.
· Copies of Oakley's previous book Evil Genes will be available for purchase at the event.
Her research work involves investigations of the complex relationship between neurocircuitry and social behavior. Her recent best-selling book: Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend was lauded by a number of top-ranked psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuroscientists from institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, and King’s College, London.
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