The Evolution of Evil: Evolutionary biologists, especially those Darwinian in nature, believe that modern human behavior must have evolutionary origins. It would follow then, that our less desirable–EVIL–traits too have an evolutionary root. However why would these traits remain in our species if they were not beneficial?
That begs the question: Is evil advantageous?
Which leads to another question….are humans innately selfish? Read the following piece on whether or not true altruism is possible:
This was the question driving Stanley Milgrim as he sat down in his office at Yale in the early 1960s.
Milgrim would go on to develop and carry out the most famous series of social psychology experiments in the history of the discipline.
Read about Milgrim’s experiments below and be prepared to have a conversation about them next class! We’ll watch Zimbardo’s TED talk on the Lucifer Effect as well for triangulation.
If Hitler Asked you to electrocute-Milgrim explained
Philip Zimbardo of Stanford on the Lucifer Effect: