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Evil Doers Its Not All Your Fault

Evil and the Scapegoat

Arthur D. Colman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Home
Arthur D. Colman

Creating scapegoats is not without its hazards to the perpetrators or community at large.

The Systemic Crushing of Young Nonconformists and Anti-Authoritarians

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.11.2013 | Home
Bruce E. Levine

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI believe that our young anti-authoritarians -- our potential heroes -- have far less of a need for hero courses in their schools than a need for help in battling against the systemic, authoritarian aspects of their schools.

Taking Responsibility Is a Key for Doing the Right Thing

Jerry Burger | Posted 05.11.2013 | Home
Jerry Burger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoMany of the ethical missteps we see in everyday life are made possible when we assign blame to other people ("The cashier gave me too much change, I didn't make her do it").

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.11.2013 | Home
Jameel Jaffer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military interrogators and guards who tortured and dehumanized prisoners in U.S. custody after 9/11 were hardly without ethical bearings.

Resisting Evil, Creating Goodness

Ervin Staub | Posted 05.10.2013 | Home
Ervin Staub

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoEven when children learn to care about others' welfare, they are often taught to restrict caring to their own group. For caring to become inclusive, to expand beyond members of one's group, significant contact with members of other groups is of great value.

The Social Influence Of Good Vs. Evil

Bryan Wood | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Bryan Wood

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoViolence and evil are no strangers to our world, and they are never going away. However, if we learn to recognize the sources of derelict behavior, we may be able to intervene and prevent good people from making tragic decisions.

There's a Prison Guard In Each Of Us

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Peter A. Georgescu

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAs a child in Romania, I watched the Communist authorities come into our house and pull my grandfather from my grandmother's arms -- taking him to a prison where he was eventually kicked to death by a guard.

Life, Oversimplified

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.08.2013 | Home
Sam Sommers

We may gravitate toward a world view based on stable personality type -- one populated by unambiguously good and bad apples -- but we don't know people as well as we think we do.

Abu Ghraib Revisited

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.08.2013 | Home
Robert Koehler

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhy are we waging this war? Why are we continuing to terrorize parts of Central Asia with our drone strikes?

Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist?

Jeffrey Small | Posted 03.08.2013 | Home
Jeffrey Small

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoCan we combine the insights from religion and science in making sense of death and suffering?

The Many Faces Of Evil

Marina Nemat | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Marina Nemat

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoEvil is not simple and does not fit in a box; it manifests itself in many shapes and forms, from the victim who becomes a torturer, the Nazi who follows orders, and the psychopath who kills without remorse, to the bystander who remains silent in the face of terrible injustice.

The Science Of Evil

Simon Baron-Cohen | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Simon Baron-Cohen

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhilst the word 'evil' is used as if it is an explanation ("He did X because he is evil"), in fact evil is just a word meaning "the absence of good", getting us into a dangerous circularity ("He did X because he is not good").

What The Stanford Prison Experiment Teaches Us About The Workplace

Janice Harper | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Janice Harper

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoJust as Phil Zimbardo talks about the slippery slope of evil that begins with the subject mindlessly taking the first step toward aggression through a seemingly minor action, when mobbing begins, workers are not initially encouraged to be cruel to the targeted worker.

Journeying From Evil To Heroism

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 03.08.2013 | Home
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?

Be the Hero: Preventing the Next Newtown

Ravital Segal | Posted 03.09.2013 | Home
Ravital Segal

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWithout dispute, the Sandy Hook shootings were despicable and inhumane. But in light of this clear trend, can we reasonably call the shootings "unimaginable" or "unfathomable?"