German neurologist, Bremen scientist Dr. Gerhard Roth, believes he’s discovered where evil truly lives, as “dark patches” within the brain. The scientist has managed to classify evil in three groups after reviewing the minds of killers and rapists, essentially hardened criminals with extremely aggressive natures. He believes this “dark patch” is associated, and perhaps even influences, violent inclination.
Amidst German government studies investigating convicted offenders over a number of years, Roth stumbled across the frontal lobe dark mass on brain scans and X-rays. Subjects were shown short films and brainwaves were measured. During scenes of particular brutality, the areas of the brain normally associated with empathy, compassion, and distress were inert, and subjects displayed no emotional reaction. The “evil mass” was present in all of the scans of those lacking emotion and sympathy. No two criminals are alike, but they do share cerebral commonalities.
The frontal lobe is located at the front of the brain. It is associated with reasoning and rationalization, motor skills, higher level cognition used in problem solving, and language and expression. At the back of the frontal lobe lies the motor cortex. This area of the brain receives information and utilizes it to carry out body movements.
Damage to the frontal lobe can lead to changes in sexual habits, socialization, attention, and increased risk-taking. There have also been medical cases of people converting to violence after suffering an injury or brain tumor to the frontal lobe. Under the circumstances of the brain tumor, once it was removed, the patient reverted back to a non-violent personality.
Roth’s research demonstrates his assertion that criminals have a genetic predisposition to immoral behavior and demonstrate traits of psychopathy. Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of empathy, remorse, and guilt and a presence of narcissism, superficial charisma, an ability to manipulate, and antisocial behavior.
According to Dr. Roth, antisocial behavior is detectable early on in development.
“When I will look at young people, and I see there are developmental disorders in the lower forehead brain, I can say that there is a felon in the making with 66 percent probability.”
Roth has divided evil into three groups: psychologically healthy, mentally disturbed, and pure psychopaths. Psychologically healthy, by Roth’s definition, are those who grow up learning it is acceptable to steal and murder. Mentally disturbed are those who see the world as threatening and are always on the verge of becoming a killer. The third group, which Roth lumps individuals like Hitler and Stalin, the archetype of human monsters, are psychopaths.
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