Neurologists Find ‘Evil Patch’ In Brain Scans Of Criminals

Neurologists Find 'Evil Patch' In Brain Scans Of CriminalsCan you spot evil in an X-ray? You can, at least according to a German scientist who claims an “evil patch” is visible in brain scans of criminals. Dr. Gerhard Roth, a neurologist and professor at the University of Bremen, told London’s Daily Mail that he discovered a dark mass near the front of the brain in scans of people with criminal records.

‘Psychopathic tendencies’

“When you look at the brain scans of hardened criminals, there are almost always severe shortcomings in the lower forehead part of the brain,” Roth said. “There are cases where someone becomes criminal as a result of a tumor or an injury in that area, and after an operation to remove the tumor, that person was completely normal again… This is definitely the region of the brain where evil is formed and where it lurks.”

Roth is not alone in his belief that brain scans can reveal psychopathic tendencies. Kent Kiehl, associate professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, for one, used a mobile MRI unit to conduct brain scans on 2,000 prison inmates in Wisconsin and New Mexico.


‘Distinct neurological condition’

Kiehl found similar patterns in their brain scans. “If you have different behavior, you’re going to have a different brain,” he said at a 2012 lecture at Duke University. “Psychopathy is currently considered the single best predictor of future behavior,” Kiehl said.

A growing number of psychologists “believe that psychopathy, like autism, is a distinct neurological condition—one that can be identified in children as young as 5,” the New York Times reported in May. “Crucial to this diagnosis are callous-unemotional traits, which most researchers now believe distinguish ‘fledgling psychopaths.'”

Not all psychologists believe such a diagnosis is possible, and even those that do admit they are uncomfortable with it. Roth himself admits the research is not foolproof.

Do you believe there is really an “evil patch” in the brain of criminals? How could the results of this research be of help to our society? Feel free to comment on this new scientific finding!

Source: Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

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Rupert Murdoch’s Take On Scientology

With the recent splash of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce over the weekend, Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chief executive and media mogul, publicized his reactions on the news via Twitter. And indeed, his tweets included remarks about Scientology that could possibly create waves in the media world.

Murdoch tweeted: “Scientology back in news. Very weird cult, but big, big money involved with Tom Cruise either number two or three in [hierarchy].”

Murdoch, who owns Fox News, Wall Street Journal and New York Post, tweeted another “cult” comment right after the first one: “Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Cruise is often linked with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, and has done movies for 20th Century Fox — which is owned by News Corporation. He is also “known for being prickly about being challenged about his involvement with Scientology.”


Still, Murdoch stands by the lines he tweeted: “Since Scientology tweet hundreds of attacks, expect they will increase and get worse and maybe threatening. Still stick to my story.” And when a user asked about Murdoch’s take on Mormonism, he replied: “Mormonism a mystery to me, but Mormons certainly not evil.”

Scientology was created by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. It is a body of beliefs and related practices to his self-help system, Dianetics. Scientology’s teaching involves the principle that humans are simply immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. It uses auditing, a method of spiritual rehabilitation where a person aims to consciously relive painful or traumatic experiences in their past in order to liberate themselves of their negative effects. Scientology is a tax-exempt religion in the United States.

What do you know about Scientology? What do you think gave Murdoch the impression that Scientologists are “creepy” and evil”? Do you share the same opinion with him or not?

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