TED talk - TED Talk Summary Recently, Dr. Jim Fallon, a...

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TED Talk Summary Recently, Dr. Jim Fallon, a neuroscientist who studies the biological basis of human behavior at the University of California has conquered new neurological territory: the minds of psychopathic killers. He has analyzed the brains of more than 70 murderers on behalf of psychiatric clinics and criminal defense lawyers. It's a young science, since data attributing genes and brain damage as the causes of violent crime are tentative and often disputed; therefore convicted killers are rarely permitted to take part in research trials. As part of a personal project to assess his family's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Fallon collected brain scans and DNA samples from himself and seven relatives. At a barbecue soon after, Dr. Fallon's mother casually mentioned something of which he was previously unaware: His late father's family tree was stained in blood. Discussion I feel comfortable enough here to say that I have said I wanted to kill someone before and in reality, mostly everyone has. It is a vengeful thought and it is easy to control yourself from actually turning it into an action (at least for most people). For me, explaining murderers is simple, they are just like you, minus the fear of getting caught, either because they never plan to, they are crazy, or they plan on taking themselves out along with you. “Every single person has had a thought or two about "what if I could?
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