December 31, 2012
As we work our way through Kevin Dutton’s The Wisdom of Psychopaths, the book keeps coming back to one central question.
Does society actually need psychopaths so it can function properly?
If Dutton’s sources are to be believed, then yes, we as a society couldn’t survive without them.
Dutton describes psychopaths as brilliant, calculating, often highly intelligent people, who feel no emotion and don’t even understand what an emotion is or why non-psychopaths feel them.
“I think every society needs particular individuals to do its dirty work for it,” Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford, told Dutton, who’s a research scientist at the same university.
This article was posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 6:21 am