Are we born good or evil?

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Are we born good or evil?

Do humans have in-built morality? BBC’s Horizon shows how scientists looking into the minds of babies and criminals are rewriting our ideas of right and wrong.

Learn about testosterone and the “warrior gene” on the BBC website.


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The killer nerd

Serial killer

Randy Steven Kraft, Orange County’s most prolific serial killer, may have killed as many as 65 young men in Oregon, Michigan and California during a 13-year span that ended in 1983.

He was sentenced to die in 1989 after a trial that lasted nearly a year, but he is still on death row, appealing his convictions.

He was a meek looking computer programmer with a high IQ and a quiet suburban lifestyle who was convicted of killing 16 men.

His killing spree came to an end when he was caught with a dead Marine in his Toyota sedan on May 14, 1983.

A “score card” of Kraft’s kills was found in the trunk of his car. It had 65 names on it.

Psychopath killer

Nature vs Nurture

“When it comes to nature vs nurture I’ll say this: 
A psychopath is born, a sociopath is created.”

Ted Bundy in custody

It is well established by scientists that psychopaths are born without the capacity for empathy. The parts of the brain and certain connections that are responsible for giving us a conscience are different in psychopaths. Upbringing and childhood experiences will affect other aspects of an individual’s personality but they do not cause this disorder. A psychopath can come from a loving family and have had a good childhood. Ted Bundy is an example. For the rest of us, it’s very important to understand how they function and to know that they will not change, no matter how kind and tolerant we are towards them. If anything, they will take advantage of a well meaning person. They regard compassion as weakness. Many of us compensate for our feelings of inferiority in different ways. Psychopaths and narcissists are different. They genuinely believe that they are superior and entitled to special treatment.