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Steve Romagnoli's "Skip to My Lou"

Francis Levy | Posted 02.19.2017 | Arts
Francis Levy

Steve Romagnoli's Skip to My Lou currently playing at Theater For the New City, is a drama of ideas, but it's also a drama. In this regard it bears th...

ISIS and Its Atrocious Acts

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

ISIS and its atrocious acts have thrown the issue of evil into high relief. Once more we are forced to confront a horrifying aspect of human nature an...

Exploring the Banality of Evil

Nina Wang | Posted 09.24.2016 | Crime
Nina Wang

The Act of Killing closes with a scene of one death squad killer retching at the site of many of the murders he committed, after playing the victim in one fictional re-enactment of their crimes - a particularly chilling reminder that ordinary people, not monsters, lie behind even the greatest atrocities in history.

Carolyn Gregoire

What 1960s Psychology Got Wrong About The Human Capacity For Evil | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.16.2015 | Science

Remember Milgram's classic experiment on obedience to authority? Anyone who's taken Psych 101 will recall the infamous 1963 study, in which participan...

How to Be a Hero: Insight From the Milgram Experiment

Matthew Hollander | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Matthew Hollander

This unilateral focus on the dark side has had the unintended effect of blinding us to one of the most obvious and inspiring features of the experiment: it also showed that hundreds of ordinary people -- though the minority of Milgram's participants -- did in fact have what it takes to stand up for what is right.

Live from Sundance: Monday, Jan. 26

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Craig Zobel's Z for Zachariah is a post -apocalyptic love triangle that is haunting and lovely -- a distinct change of pace from Zobel's last film, the chillingly neon-lit Compliance.


Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 03.23.2015 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

In The Killing Compartments, Abram De Swaan, an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam, provides an insightful analysis of the phenomenon of mass annihilation that is not directly a part of "regular warfare."

Trolleyology in Oklahoma

Francis Levy | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
Francis Levy

Phiippa Foot was an Oxford philosopher, who just happened to be the granddaughter of Grover Cleveland. She was famous for the Trolley Problem, a conun...

Stanley Milgram in Oklahoma

Francis Levy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Francis Levy

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections should have been part of Stanley Milgram's famed experiment at Yale. If you remember Milgram, a professor of ...

10 Mind-Blowing Experiments That Will Change The Way You Understand Yourself

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, ...

The Metamorphosis

Francis Levy | Posted 12.09.2013 | Science
Francis Levy

Let's say you see a water bug. You grab a piece of toilet paper and prepare to crush it. Sensing the cloud over its existence, the water bug scampers ...

Use Your Own Brain (Career Advice With Extra Pickles)

Edward Muzio | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Edward Muzio

I must be getting old, because people are starting to ask for my advice. And not in the "where is the bathroom?" kind of way, either. It's more like "what do you wish you knew back when you started out?"

On "The Psychology of Evil"

Harold Schechter | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Harold Schechter

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAs a true crime historian who has written about some of America's most heinous serial killers, I have encountered (thankfully only on paper) criminals whose enormities beggar the imagination.

Journeying From Evil To Heroism

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

2013-03-08-PhilipZimbardo_2008stageshot1.jpgWhy did some kids give in and start down that slippery slope of evil, while others resisted and stayed on the right side of that line separating good from evil?

Salami Slicing a Way to Compliance

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 10.30.2012 | Crime
Craig K. Comstock

(Spoiler alert: if you want to see the movie called Compliance with no prior idea of the plot, stop reading now. If you feel you'd be enthralled by th...

Shocking Stunt on Tap for Artist Without a Country

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
 NYCity News Service

By ALVA FRENCH Oleg Mavromatti, a Russian performance artist and filmmaker in limbo in Bulgaria, wants your vote -- and he says his life could depend ...

What I Saw at "AmericaSpeaks": A Mind Control Experiment Gone Horribly Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

After much hype and buildup, the AmericaSpeaks "national town meeting" on cutting the deficit was held on Saturday. I watched the proceedings via web...

Six Degrees of Separation -- Becoming Fewer Through Social Media?

Lea Lane | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

Twitter and other social networking devices are stretching the numbers of connections we make into the thousands.