This group will be focused on the science and philosophy of the mind, including cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, artificial intelligence, linguistics and philosophy of mind. This is an open group, for anyone to post or run sessions, as long as they are relevant to the topics above. This could include pre-existing local events, or book or topic discussion sessions. If anyone wants to be an event organizer, let the organizer know via private message.
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Since its publication On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society has become a contemporary classic. It is currently the #1 book in Law Enforcement on Amazon and is required reading in many law enforcement and military institutions, including the FBI and DEA academies, West Point, and the US Air Force NCO Academy.
The author, Lt. Colonel Grossman is US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor. His research was cited by the President of the United States in a national address, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress, and numerous state legislatures. Today Col. Grossman is the director of the Killology Research Group (www.killology.com).
"The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion.
The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.
Upon its first publication, On Killing was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.
Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent crime rates, suicide bombings, school shootings, and much more. The result is a work that is sure to be relevant and important for decades to come."
THE READING MATERIAL FOR THIS SESSION IS THE INTRODUCTIONS AND FIRST 2 SECTIONS (NOT CHAPTERS) - UP TO PAGE 95 OF THE REVISED EDITION
The book is available on Amazon (Kindle version is currently on sale for $2.99).
Will be sponsored by the Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club https://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Analytic-Philosophy-CLUB/ Please note that the listed date is NOT correct - the new Meetup software does not allow for listing a session without a definite date. The date and location will be posted in the future.