The Science of Evil
Nazis. Serial killers. The prison soldiers at Abu Ghraib. What makes people commit heinous acts? Were they born evil, or did they become evil? Is so-called 'evil' a product of a bad upbringing, or is there a likely physiological contributor to such human-inflicted horror? Travel into the trenches with the individuals who confront so-called evil daily with very different sets of tools - a Bible in a maximum security prison; an armed military convoy in a lawless region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; even a brain scanner in a prestigious university. And putting it all into context is the authoritative presence of Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo, whose infamous Stanford Prison Experiment shed a harsh light on the potential for cruelty that runs through all of us.