The Anatomy of Violence The Biological Roots of Crime With a page full color insert and black and white illustrations throughoutWhy do some innocent kids grow up to become cold blooded serial killers Is bad biology partly to blame For than three decad

  • Title: The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime
  • Author: Adrian Raine
  • ISBN: 9780385366311
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Audio
  • With a 4 page full color insert, and black and white illustrations throughoutWhy do some innocent kids grow up to become cold blooded serial killers Is bad biology partly to blame For than three decades Adrian Raine has been researching the biological roots of violence and establishing neurocriminology, a new field that applies neuroscience techniques to investigateWith a 4 page full color insert, and black and white illustrations throughoutWhy do some innocent kids grow up to become cold blooded serial killers Is bad biology partly to blame For than three decades Adrian Raine has been researching the biological roots of violence and establishing neurocriminology, a new field that applies neuroscience techniques to investigate the causes and cures of crime In The Anatomy of Violence, Raine dissects the criminal mind with a fascinating, readable, and far reaching scientific journey into the body of evidence that reveals the brain to be a key culprit in crime causation Raine documents from genetic research that the seeds of sin are sown early in life, giving rise to abnormal physiological functioning that cultivates crime Drawing on classical case studies of well known killers in history including Richard Speck, Ted Kaczynski, and Henry Lee Lucas Raine illustrates how impairments to brain areas controlling our ability to experience fear, make good decisions, and feel guilt predispose us to violence He contends that killers can actually be coldhearted something as simple as a low resting heart rate can give rise to violence But arguing that biology is not destiny, he also sketches out provocative new biosocial treatment approaches that can change the brain and prevent violence Finally, Raine tackles the thorny legal and ethical dilemmas posed by his research, visualizing a futuristic brave new world where our increasing ability to identify violent offenders early in life might shape crime prevention policies, for good and bad Will we sacrifice our notions of privacy and civil rights to identify children as potential killers in the hopes of helping both offenders and victims How should we punish individuals with little to no control over their violent behavior And should parenting require a license The Anatomy of Violence offers a revolutionary appraisal of our understanding of criminal offending, while also raising provocative questions that challenge our core human values of free will, responsibility, and punishment.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Sometimes one comes across a non-fiction book where the author, however eloquent and entertaining, have managed to misunderstand a key concept that unfortunately thwarts a lot of his ideas. Adrian Raine presents some interesting scientific research, and presents some controversial suggestions at the end of the book. Unfortunately the text is deeply flawed with his lack of understanding of basic statistical and probability concepts. A non-fiction writer who leans heavily on mathematic results mus [...]

    2. Why does this type of book continue to be published after literally centuries of debate? Shouldn't phrenology have put an end to it?This book is mostly about bad evolutionary psychology ("Men are warriors; women are worriers"), plus genetic studies that can't prove anything because they don't look at noncriminal individuals. Except when they do and find a whole lot of normal people who have no inkling of criminality despite possessing the same gene. Knowing that people will read this anyway, I r [...]

    3. The information contained within, the evidences and theories, may help us have a safer and more humane society in the future or it may not, but you will read some shocking facts found in piecing together the anatomy of violence. Have you ever wondered at the evil that men do and the theories why?Behind the fictional characters like Donald Draper of Mad Men, Norman Bates of Psycho, and Rambo of First Blood there is an unseen tapestry, of thinking and behaviour.Behind the shocking truths that hit [...]

    4. One of my favourite books ever - Raine writes in an eloquent and intriguing pace about the seeds of crime and violent tendencies in the future that I couldn't just pass it up. As a law graduate and progressing to Masters in Criminology, I find this book incredibly insightful and I have learned a lot from this book in relation to psychopathy and it's relationship to different factors such as environment, genetics, biology and socialization. I read it for both pleasure and interest, and I especial [...]

    5. First, I want to emphasize that this is not a light, pop science kind of read. This is one of those detailed books requiring commitment and attention.Adrian Raine gives us an in-depth look at brain functions, linking specific factors to the cause of violent behavior. Along with the scientific research, Raine offers fascinating case studies of violent criminals whose behavior can be explained by brain anomalies. In closing, he offers intriguing and controversial ideas for a new approach in dealin [...]

    6. There is an excerpt from this book on The Guardian's siteguardian/science/201In the excerpt, the author tells about his vacation in Turkey in 1989, where his girlfriend and him become the victim of a burglary. The story seems more or less plausible until you read the last paragraph."After the verdict, one of the judges ushered me and my translator over to the bench. He told us that the defendant would be brought back later for sentencing and that it would be a prison sentence of several years' d [...]

    7. I'm amazed by some of the low ratings this book received. I found Raine's arguments to be balanced in that he always provided the counterarguments and pointed out how far you could "push" the findings he reported. The literature covered was comprehensive. I was especially surprised by the suggestion that Raine didn't have a good grasp of his statistics. He frequently mentioned the percentage of variance accounted for by a finding and compared it to other medical phenomena. Some of the stories he [...]

    8. I give this book a 2.5 stars, sure some information in this book is very interesting but other times I feel like the author confused correlation for causation, and many times felt like he completely ignored certain aspects of the equation.One large problem I had was that most of these studies are on white men with criminal records, and I am assuming that a majority of the controls in the studies cited are with white men with no history of violence. Where are the women? I don't know if the author [...]

    9. “Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime” by Adrian Raine. This farrago of pseudoscience written by a criminologist is everything that’s wrong with “evolutionary” theories about human behavior wrapped up and deposited between two covers. Jam-packed with dubious speculation based on misperceptions of how evolution works, “Anatomy of Violence” is all the more alarming because Raine seems to think the ideas in it ought to have a role in public policy. Not just a bad book, b [...]

    10. I had to read this book slowly and chew over its contents for some time. I didn't do updates because the thesis is controversial and I didn't want to express hasty judgments. The book's thesis flies in the face of the social model exclusively explaining crime. This model dominated in the wake of the Holocaust when biological theories of "born criminals" was part of the thinking that was behind the gas chambers. That said the author marshals a lot of evidence for Criminal brains having abnormalit [...]

    11. Raises important red flags on what makes some people more susceptible to a life of crime and full-fledged monster-dom than others: 'black holes' in prefrontal cortex, subjugation of amygdala and hippocampus, genetic abnormalities, abusive family, poor nutrition (Omega-3, zinc deficiency) and excess of metals in blood (lead, cadmium) that contribute to a personality disorder ripe for a life of crime.Whether the effect that each of these has on a person's choice and free will should impact the sen [...]

    12. The slavish devotion to Richard Dawkins and evolutionary psychology made me skeptical, but to be honest, it was the purple prose that pushed me over the edge.

    13. Though highly technical, The Anatomy of Violence is an engaging, provocative and necessary book for anyone striving to understand the genesis and rationale for much of the violent actions of individuals in this society. Without claiming them as THE causes of violent crime, Raine offers his theories as highly probable explanations for much of the headline grabbing, astonishingly inhumane murders and maimings, especially gun violence, that wrack this nation. Bordering on eugenics at times, the aut [...]

    14. I have to say I found this book quite offensive. Author boasts about his IQ implies he is the best specialist there is and then he asks reader bunch of rhetorical questions implying he is talking to someone without basic knowledge and understanding. However quite a lot of stuff in his book does not seem to be right. I started checking facts and page by page it was all so terribly wrong. At the beginning author describes his trip to Turkey - he then mentions a city in Greece (Iraklion). He claims [...]

    15. Excellent and exhaustive look at the neuroscience of violence! Raine did an incredible job compiling his research, along with others in the field, and presenting it in a reasonable and topical format."The Anatomy of Violence" spends a majority of the time examining aspects and structures of the brain that are correlated with violence; however Raine takes it a step further to examine the heart, sweat glands, and other minor organs of offenders to look for correlations and patterns.Raine also spen [...]

    16. This book contains some very convincing arguments regarding the nature of violence. I like the idea that violent tendencies can be hereditary, that there maybe a genetic factor involved. I was also intrigued by the notion that natural selection favours violent tendencies induced by sexual factors, but I wasn't completely convinced by it. The physiological concepts in this book appealed to me, and I thought they were adequately presented. However, the book lacked charisma; after reading Stephen H [...]

    17. My broken brain made me do it! That might be one big takeaway from reading Adrian Raine’s recent book on The Anatomy of Violence. But it would be a gross simplification of a compelling, neurobiological case for the root causes of violence and a straw man at best. A leading authority on the biology of crime, violence, and antisocial behavior, Raine rattles the standard sociological paradigm in criminology with a wealth of evidence from behavioral genetics showing that at least half of our aggre [...]

    18. Where to start with this book? First, it quite poorly written. The style basically involves dumping facts and then repeating cliches. I heard this author speak on NPR, and I was quite impressed with his tone and erudition, so I was really disappointed. The author never lets the reader know that brain scans are quite inaccurate; the science simply isn't that advanced yet. Although I ultimately agree with many of the author's conclusions (i.e that crime is often the result of bio-social forces), I [...]

    19. To say that I struggled with this book would have been an understatement. I so wanted this to be good and I held out hope all the way to the end. Looking at crime from a purely biological point of view is bad and lazy science. Causation is not correlation and vice versa. This book was also filled with victim blaming myths.if a parent does the best that they can, it is not their fault if their child decides to shoot them in the head. If a man has a tumor and knows that it is wrong to get into bed [...]

    20. I wanted so badly for this book to be good. Some of the chapters were interesting andverifiable . Others, though, particularly those on mental illness, delved into long-since-disproven bigoted theories.Why did Raine think it was necessary to perform an armchair autopsy on Adam Lanza? According to Raine, Lanza had seven of the symptoms of schizoid personality disorder. No doubt Lanza had many symptoms of many diagnoses, but it was unprofessional even to speculate. A proper diagnosis requires a ho [...]

    21. It seems like as the author wrote for this book he dreamed it be some kind of statement of his legacy since he is prone to inappropriate exploration of elevated concepts that he handles poorly. He regularly repeats the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids throughout which comes off as a sales pitch; he launches into an attempt at the philosophical burdens of free will; he concludes the book with a hack-job sci-fi fantasy - too often his writing got in the way of what could have been a decent pop-scie [...]

    22. Phenomenal piece of pop science writing. Fascinating subject brilliantly presented. Raine goes to great lengths to emphasise causal versus correlational links, and experimental controls. in any of the work referenced. A disappointingly rare effort made in pop science books, but lends much credibility when done so well as this. For a book focussed primarily on neurology, Raine doesn't do that irritating thing common in popular neurology - publishing interesting work that couldn't pass peer review [...]

    23. The author, Andrew Raine, is an interesting person. He has worked as an airline accountant, a prison psychologist, and is currently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also probably not a serial killer.If I thought he was a serial killer, of course, I wouldn't write this online, but there were about a dozen times during this book when he pointed out some trait about serial killers, and then shortly thereafter said something about his own life, personality, or background that was [...]

    24. I found the book to be very thrilling. This book never lost my attention because of the characters explored in here and the causes of such a violent person. The book was educational in the fact of calculating what makes a person violent. As you read more into these sinister people, you will constantly be asking yourself "why does such a monster exist?". The piece of resistance was the final question to this book: "What should we do [based on the evidence presented] about these violent people?". [...]

    25. I can't think of a more important subject for 2013: the most current brain-imaging technology applied to the minds of killers (and other deviants). You'll see what makes their brains different--structurally and functionally. How and why do they lose empathy for other human beings? If we can understand the genetic and biological roots of violent behavior, there is hope to preventing it and treating it. Required reading for the human species.

    26. I enjoyed how Raine utilizes the narrative style of murder cases along with neuroscience research from the past to the present to engage the reader in an understanding of violent offenders. This book is certainly thought provoking regarding what our future may hold when considering the delicate balance nature and nurture play in the bio social growth of a human being and how certain combinations can help or hurt that process.

    27. Couldn't even get into this book. The author was far too narrative. I want facts, clear statistical interpretations, credible explanations. The author couldn't convince me that he had a good enough grasp of the material he was writing about. Also, conjecture about violence and criminality is dangerous territory, perhaps offensive if not nuanced enough. And this book was not. Discover magazine, you led me astray.

    28. Largely unsubstantiated claims and startlingly weak data analysis led to interesting discussion while reading this with a group. As a result of these obvious shortcomings, the book served more as a cautionary tale than an inspiration regarding an interesting area of research.

    29. Interesting information but a lot of grandstanding and strawman arguments. Opinions are presented as facts and correlation is presented as causation. Complexities are glossed over.

    30. Interesting premise and extremely persuasive. However, there's an undercurrent of pervasive sexism throughout this book that I just couldn't get entirely past. Glad I read it but won't be re-reading.

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