Red Emma’s post brings to mind a Military Review article I read years ago entitled “Natural Killers – Turning the Tide of Battle”. The basic notion was that some people are naturally predisposed to feel no remorse about killing; and that such personnel, properly identified & trained, could be (and often were) useful in combat. My interest piqued, I soon made may way through Grossman’s book “On Killing” – only to discover – alas – that it mainly dealt with killings by “ordinary” human beings who did feel remorse.
Since then, however, I’ve harbored an occasional interest in the “dark side” of human nature. Some articles that recently made their way into that file:
1. Coping w/ the Adolescent Psychopath – the title says it all.
2. Origins of Antisocial Behavior – “New research on the origins of antisocial behaviour, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, suggests that early-onset antisocial behaviour in children with psychopathic tendencies is largely inherited.”
4. The evolutionary roots of murderous tendencies: