"Why People Behave Badly" topic of upcoming Binghamton University EvoS seminar
Barbara Oakley, author of Evil Genes, will be the guest speaker of the upcoming EvoS seminar series at 4 p.m. Friday, September 5, in Lecture Hall 8 on the Binghamton University campus. The talk, titled "Why People Behave Badly," is free and open to the public.
Oakley's background, which includes a stint in the army and as a translator aboard a Russian trawler during the cold war, has earned a reputation as a “female Indiana Jones." Her numerous works include Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Collapsed, and My Sister Stole My Mother’s Boyfriend.
According to Oakley, a professor at Oakland University, one of the most difficult problems in psychology, psychiatry, sociology, social work, philosophy, religious studies, criminology, and history, is understanding why some people intentionally inflect emotional and physical pain on others. Neuroscience is providing the potential for a revolution in our understanding of why "bad" people do what they do. Oakley uses evolutionary theory to knit together disparate pieces of research that point toward answers to some of the most compelling questions in the social sciences and humanities.
For more information visit http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/Seminar/Oakley.htm