35183131630 08f42379ca H

When we do our worst to other people, we do so by recognizing their humanity.

Paul Bloom Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science...
Aspen Ideas To Go

The Nature of Evil: Paul Bloom and Graeme Wood

The Nature of Evil: Paul Bloom and Graeme Wood

Show Notes

Why do people do evil things? We hear from Yale psychologist Paul Bloom and journalist Graeme Wood about the nature of evil. Bloom studies morality in babies, children, and adults. Wood immersed himself in ISIS, readings the terror group’s propaganda and conversing with its members, in order to write the book "The Way of Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State". Graeme explains that ISIS members aren’t crazy but are driven to do horrific evil deeds, like murder and rape. Why do they carry out these evils? And what about smaller-scale evil acts like cheating a lying? Is it enough to define evil as having a sense of right and wrong? Bloom and Wood’s conversation touches on philosophy, religion, and politics.


Related episodes

3 ideas
Sorry, we couldn't find any results
Clear filters
Aspen Ideas To GO
Subscribe to our podcast
to listen to our latest episodes.