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4% population is psychopathic and seek positions of authority.2/3 obey people in authority. Psychopaths do not set an altrustic example.

Dr Robert Hare is the expert on psychopaths(sociopaths). Stanley Milgram and others have researched extensively the tendancy of nearly two thirds of the population to believe/obey authority figures. How can sociopaths be readily identified?What can be done to alert people to the danger of electing these people to authority positions?


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  • Mar 7 2012: I am under no illusion that this is a serious and difficult subject. Steven Pinker acknowledged that there was a problem in his excellent "The Blank Slate" and then seemed to ignore the problem. If he has a problem with this subject then I don't think that any easy solutions will be forthcoming. Anyone interested in the subject will enjoy reading Martha Stout's "The Sociopath Next Door".

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