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Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain: Neurological Imaging and the Manifestation of Evil

"[Haycock's] writing is colored by a strong commitment to narrative, with almost every chapter opening with vivid stories of psychopathic violence or diagnosis, and he peppers his accessible discussion of brain structure with references to comic books, science fiction, Norman Mailer, the television shows Boston Legal and The Sopranos, and the Lord of the Flies. He is what Slavoj Žižik would sound like if he were a neuroscientist instead of a Laconian theorist. Overall, the book offers an excellent account of the current state of play in mapping psychopathic behavior with neuroscience, giving evenhanded time to both the older school of assessment which relies on interviews and a numerical scale of traits (lack of remorse, mendacity, sexual promiscuity, and so on), and the new cowboys of the fMRI. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to know more about the brains of violent criminals." -- Mark Kingwell, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and author of Measure Yourself Against the Earth.