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The Psychology of Good and Evil

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What can science teach us about good and evil? When are people responsible for their actions? What impact do genetics and upbringing have on moral choices? What does behavioral research show us about prejudice, discrimination, authority, and group influence? You will explore these and many other questions in Catherine A. Sanderson’s 15-lecture audio course The Psychology of Good and Evil.

An award-winning professor of psychology at Amherst College, Catherine Sanderson (PhD, Princeton) wields a “mixture of humor, academic scholarship, and practical advice [that] keeps [audiences] riveted” (Steven Schragis). You’ll agree - there’s a special combination of mastery and passion that makes Prof. Sanderson’s delivery memorable and powerful.

You will hear why Prof. Sanderson was named one of America’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. Through 15 thoroughly researched, erudite lectures, you will explore some of the most profound questions of human nature with insight and depth. Through vivid examples and analysis, you will explore the psychology behind the stories you hear on the nightly news. 

Professor Sanderson’s clear explanations of the best research from psychology, biology, and neuroscience will equip you with frameworks for understanding human behavior. Early on, you’ll clear an inevitable hurdle: understanding how scientists define the notions of “evil” or “good”. 

Prof. Sanderson gives you a nuanced understanding of these concepts, which are prone to overstatement and oversimplification. From there you’ll explore complex and fascinating questions about the predictors of human actions, both good and evil.

The lessons you’ll take away from this course form the building blocks of a better future.

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Broad Coverage of Symptoms, Misses the Core

For me it was maddeningly clueless, but that is the fault of philosophy, the historic inadequacy of which is the true core of evil - which is really a reaction against cluelessness.

To criticize psychology in general, the author covers current erroneous mindsets based on wrong interpretations of superficial experiments, dwelling on symptoms rather than the fundamental cause of evil (continued universal human cluelessness).

The author fails to identify the basis for distinguishing between good and evil (again, the fault of philosophy for failing providing humanity with the Ultimate Objective Value of Life (enlightened higher consciousness) and its associated Ultimate Goal of Life (securing it in a harsh and deadly universe), which would have revealed, with further thought, the ultimate distinguishing factor between good and evil (the Ultimate Goal of Life). I would spell it out, and I just did.

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