German Neurologist Claims ‘Dark Patch’ In The Brain Is Responsible For Evil

Perhaps reserve some skepticism, but the claim is that future serial killers and dictators could be pinpointed in childhood via brain scan of the front lower forehead area. The Daily Mail reports:

A German neurologist claims to have found the area of the brain where evil lurks in killers and rapists. One of Germany’s best-known brain specialists, Bremen scientist Dr. Gerhard Roth says the ‘evil patch’ lies in the brain’s central lobe and shows up as a dark mass on X-rays. He discovered it when investigating violent convicted offenders over the years for German government studies.

‘We showed these people short films and measured their brain waves,’ he said. ‘Whenever there were brutal scenes the subjects showed no emotions. In the areas of the brain where we create compassion and sorrow, nothing happened.’ The dark mass at the front of the brain, he says, appears in all scans of people with records for criminal violence.

16 Comments on "German Neurologist Claims ‘Dark Patch’ In The Brain Is Responsible For Evil"

  1. Rex Vestri | Feb 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm |

    Bush’s brain scan:

  2. SoruhFrake | Feb 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm |

    And what if you merely desensitize yourself towards violence and brutality? Wouldn’t that patch of the brain also show up less on a scan? With all the movies and violence in our media, many people aren’t disturbed by disgusting scenes and pictures of violence. While they can very well still be very kind and gentle people, just unaffected by the sight. The brain is not some static machine.

    Just an excuse to have a method to throw another whole bunch of people into jail for potentially being a criminal due to physical makeup of subjects body matching the indicators.

  3. SoruhFrake | Feb 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm |

    He added: ‘Experts detect a mental
    decline in some people that begins in the kindergarten. It is the task
    of society to offer widespread support to the children and their parents
    before they become criminals.’-Quote from the Original Article.

    Honestly those sporting the most “anti-social” behavior in my entire school career have been the ones showing the least amount of mental decline, compared to the zombie kids of today that won’t dare even speak up for their own opinion. I think those deadened zombies are the ones most likely to turn into criminals since they are basically subordinated their entire life. Whereas the anti-social guards his sovereignty knowing that the biggest criminals are the ones sending out troops and drones, and not the guy who would love to spray a graffiti with a message to empower, or who writes a letter to criticize, or steps up to protest.

    Second of all what is the definition of a criminal? Someone convicted of a crime? There’s loads of poor-buggers in jail that aren’t even anywhere near to falling under the definition of criminal in my eyes.

  4. lazy_friend | Feb 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm |

    That’s racist.

  5. I first heard of this a number of years ago when two boys tortured and murdered their teacher’s dog. The boys had planned to teach her a lesson but she was bot at home so they tortured and killed the dog. The medical examination of the two boys recommended that they remain in custody until they were in their mid twenties. They would have gotten less time were they to be tried as adults.

    The fallout from this was, using a different method, though similar in how support was arrived, found that the this type of behavior could be used as an indicator of future violence. The upshot was that the researchers felt that this type of behavior was not terminal. That through a controlled environment successfully diminishing such violent tendencies could be reduced.

    It is just that I see something like this and I think of children I went to school with that ended up in prison for violent crimes. You always see in those news stories or biopics where the interviewer asks if they saw this coming. Sadly , yes. Whenever I found out someone I knew as a child went to prison for rape, murder, assault, and even a kidnapping. Not once was I surprised.

    If this is something that could be identified early and their is a chance that for lack of a better term could be cured. then great.

  6. DrDavidKelly | Feb 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm |

    It seems to be a tendancy for humans to look for singular ’causes’ of behaviour, explainations of events etc. The brain doesn’t work like that. As SoruhFake pointed out “it’s not static” but reflective and refractive, like a hollogram of a fish tank. It’s very slippery ground to be saying “SEE THAT SMUDGE IN YOUR SCAN, YOU ARE A CRIMINAL.”

    • But the dark forces of evil seems like such a plausible argument…

    • Also: Overdeterminism.

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    • You want to run, you want to hide, you want to prey on others from the shadows. It’s not your fault, straight up genetic defect, it just means you will be excluded from position of control, governance or influence and any people getting into relationships with you will have fair warning.
      See that ‘absence’ in brain scans, it means you are missing a part of the brain that makes people truly human beings and not some parasitic destructive sub-species.

      • DrDavidKelly | Feb 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm |

        I have never met a “true human being”. But as I am a Nexus VII you’re all sub-par to me.

  7. Pretty ironic article when you consider the daily mail is popularly known as ‘the daily heil’.

  8. KREET-n SLAVE | Feb 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm |

    What a bunch of horse shit

  9. Could it be that the people who don’t respond emotionally to depictions of movie violence are simply rational enough to recognize that it’s make-believe? I don’t flinch at movie violence either; I’m moreso fascinated with the intricacy of the fight choreography, or the technical complexity of the pyrotechnics and CGI. The composition of such a scene is creatively inspiring to me, not frightening, not shocking. The study would make more sense if the participants were shown depictions of REAL violence, disease, and tragedy. Not Hollywood mockups.

  10. SoruhFrake | Feb 14, 2013 at 11:15 am |

    Here go friends, the truth behind this article, bloody Germans are terrible at this sort of propaganda I knew something was fishy whilst reading it!

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