Basic Instincts: The Science of Evil

Most of us have struggled to understand how seemingly ordinary people can sometimes do morally questionable things. Two years ago, the photos of young American soldiers smiling while torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib horrified the world and raised the question of who was to blame. Some of the soldiers defended themselves by claiming they were just doing what their superiors had instructed. But the smiling faces in the photos seemed to imply that they followed the orders without...Full Story
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