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  • Writer's pictureArnold Schroder

#6: Genocidal mystics

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

(07/01/2020) We've looked at some of the psychological traits that correlate with ideology, but what about those that don't? Considering the tendency for systems of power to behave the same regardless of their overt ideology, what should we know about the psychology of power? We look at scales of empathy (or lack thereof), manipulativeness, and sense of connection to the world; talk about some brain imaging studies; discuss left-right conflicts in the early church, and more.

Bibliography for episode 6:

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