Evil

Mind Reading: Steven Pinker’s Case for Why the World Is Heading Toward Peace

TIME: Amidst the headlines tallying the damage wrought by persistent economic decline, cataclysmic climate change and unbending political stalemate — among other things — Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker brings good news. In his new 802-page masterwork, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, the bestselling author and More

A Moral Gene?

Scientific American: Morality is often considered to be the domain of philosophers, not biologists. But scientists have often wondered what role our genomes play in directing our moral compass. Today, a paper was published in the open access journal PLoS One which found moral decision making was influenced by different More

What the Stanford prison experiment taught us — and didn’t teach us — about evil

Boston Globe: Via Longreads, Stanford Magazine has a fascinating piece on the infamous Stanford prison experiment. For those who never took a psychology class, in August of 1971 a psychologist named Phil Zimbardo and his colleagues took a bunch of male college students, divided them into “guards” and “prisoners,” stuck More