Episode 98 - Cold-Blooded Kindness
October 24, 2011
A disturbing exploration of deadly codependency … and benevolence gone awry. Are some people naturally too caring? Can science help us understand how our concerns for others can hurt everything we hold dear?
These issues are probed in a lecture by Barbara Oakley an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuro-circuitry and social behavior. She is the author of the best-selling Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend, and of Cold-Blooded Kindness: Neuroquirks of a Codependent Killer, from which this lecture is drawn.
This presentation was presented by the Center for Inquiry – Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 14, 2010.