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Rethinking Evil

True crime stories fill our TV screens and podcast feeds. But do we need to rethink evil and the other labels that we apply to people who do wrong if we want to reduce risk and harm? The science behind human behaviour paints a complex picture.

When: Monday, August 12 2019. 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Where: Leighton Hall
UNSW Sydney, Kensington, NSW, 2052
Cost: Free
Bookings: https://bit.ly/2XgS5UL
Other: Wheelchair access
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There’s something about evil that we find deeply fascinating. True crime stories of sadists and serial killers fill our TV screens and podcast feeds. We are fascinated by monstrous acts and the people who commit them. But do we need to rethink evil and the other labels that we apply to people who do wrong if we want to reduce risk and harm? The science behind human behaviour paints a much more complex picture of why people commit inexcusable acts.

In Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side, Julia Shaw uses case studies from academia, examples from popular culture, and anecdotes from everyday life to break down concepts like the neuroscience of evil, the psychology of bloodlust and workplace misbehavior. With Natasha Mitchell as host, she will be is joined by philosopher and author of Evil: A Philosophical Investigation, Luke Russell, and psychopathy expert Georgie Fleming to explore everything from the philosophy of evil to evil actions and what we can do about them. Rather than looking at the world in black and white, science and philosophy can help inform a conversation on evil, and to understand that it is part of humanity whether we like it or not.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by Bendigo Writers Festival and Byron Writers Festival.

Contact details:

Centre for Ideas UNSW Sydney
Email: centreforideas@unsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9385 0000

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