Psychology and Violence: A Discussion on how People Become Warlike

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

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About this Talk (In English): 
Psychologists have long held that violence in the form of war can be explained through the paradigm of nature versus nurture. However, there are good reasons to doubt this approach altogether. By adopting a different understanding of human psychology, the occurrence of war begins to be seen as a cultural-existential issue. This alternative understanding leads us to eye-opening considerations about how human beings come to be warlike, whether through direct action or through attitudes of military support and loyalty. These considerations, while sobering, also provide a glimmer of hope that peace is possible, even if hard to imagine. In an age of increasing warlike violence, our task as human beings is to explore these issues honestly and critically as we hope for a more peaceful tomorrow. 

About the Speaker:

Barbod Salimi is a PhD candidate at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication (Social Science) from UCSD and a Master's degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. In September, he will begin a position at Boston University's Danielsen Institute. His research interests include philosophical psychology, psychologies of peace and violence, political psychology, and theological ethics.


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