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Australian politics is in a mess: backstabbing, corruption, sexting, disloyalty. It’s impossible for party leaders to predict the evil lurking inside the brains of all those fresh-faced backbenchers. But there may be a solution: give all prospective ministers a brain scan to see how likely they are to misbehave.

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For years Dr. Gerhard Roth of the University of Bremen has been peering into the minds of hardened German felons seeking to unlock the complexities of the criminal mind. And now, he claims to have answered the ultimate question: What is the source of evil in these offenders? According to the doctor, It’s a little dark spot at the front of their brains.

Evil, claims Dr. Roth, is a function of deficiencies within the frontal cortex.  “When you look at the brain scans of hardened criminals, there are almost always severe shortcomings in the lower forehead part of the brain”, Professor Roth said in an interview with German newspaper Das Bild earlier this week.

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  • ol matey says:

    06:57pm | 13/02/13

    Sounds interesting, but you’ll have a tough time using an argument from a German to propose a kind of behavioural determinism based on genetics however Sociopathy has been pretty well narrowed down to a genetic defect, but it has also been noted that it takes a kind of selfish/narcissistic/dog-eat-dog society… Read more »

  • Gerard says:

    06:21pm | 13/02/13

    @ Marley Nah, Rudd’s the one that wears the black cloak and shoots blue lightning from his fingers. Read more »

 

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