Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Good and Evil: Horizon and the Psychopath

My lovely Aunt mentioned a program she had seen on Horizon and I downloaded it ages ago. I finally managed to watch it at the 11th hour before it expired. I thought it was a super program. I found the last sentence particularly poignant. It went something along the lines of:

Whether we are good or evil lies partly in our genes and partly in our environment but as we don't choose either are we really free to choose at all.

6 Comments:

Blogger Halfie said...

Background and surroundings might influence our choice of a particular action, but that choice is still ours.

1:11 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

unless our background or surroundings take that choice away...?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Captain Ahab said...

Like your boat - its a grey area!

6:44 PM  
Blogger John Witts said...

The author John Fowles explores the nature of freedom (specifically freedom of choice) in 'The Magus'. I found it very thought provoking....

Not exactly a light read of a lunchtime, though.....

7:03 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

We've just listened to 'Romanian Orphanage Babies: 21 Years On' on Radio 4 (Next on:Tomorrow, 16:30 on BBC Radio 4 - but not on iPlayer)
which looks at how the deprivations of their early years has affected their lives today.

Particularly interesting for us as our 'God-daughter' was one of these children and we watched her grow up from a cute toddler, lovely little girl, stroppy teenager into a feisty and dare I say attractive young woman.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Maffi said...

I disagree Halfi some people just cant help themselves. They have neither the skills to make a good decision nor the background to tell the right from wrong. If they make a choice it is rarely of their own 'free' will, but merely as an automatic response to a set of circumstances which they may not completely understand.

5:21 PM  

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