Dr Gerhard Roth: Dark side of the brain where evil lurks, Grace and Neuroplasticity

A German neurologist claims to have identified a specific brain configuration within which he says ‘evil lurks”. Measuring brain waves on violent criminals whilst watching ‘brutal scenes’ revealed a “dark patch” in their frontal brain. This area believed to be responsible for compassion and sorrow, showed no activity.

Dr Roth’s research has led him to believe “that some criminals have a ‘genetic predisposition’ to violence.”

This strikes me as rather deterministic which seems to be the trend of modern neurology and Dr Roth cites a 66% probability of an adolescent with this brain anomaly going on to become a felon.

But then Dr Roth makes this observation:

Dr Roth believes that criminal mental decline “begins in the kindergarten”, but a positive parental environment and strong societal support can easily stop the child going on to offend.

Equally, a negative domestic situation could easily lead to a child otherwise moderately pre-disposed to violence, to become a hardened criminal.

This almost seems to contradict the earlier determinism.

Last year I spoke with a clinical psychologist on the subject of psychopathy and the observation that stood out most starkly for me was from her experience of psychopaths, the vast majority had experienced a childhood of extreme brutality and neglect.

With the growing understanding of Neuroplasticity or ‘Brain Plasticity’ within which physical brain changes in neural pathways and synapses can occur as a result of environment and behaviour changes, can we write anyone off as simply ‘genetic predisposed’ to violence?

As an relevant example of Neuroplasticity I read recently of soldiers suffering PTSD as a result of combat had evidence of neurological brain changes.

As with everything pertaining to the nature / nurture debate I suspect that physical brain abnormalities of ‘dark patches where evil lurks’ are as much a product of the environment as anything else. And it would seem that Dr Roth also holds that view with his comments on ‘positive parental environment and strong societal support’.

I assume that Dr Roth here is advocating an environmental buffer against genetic predisposition.

I don’t believe that any single person is beyond the pale of God’s grace. To accept that they are, is in some way, for me, to denigrate God, or undermine his salvific power.

There may of course be those so given to their evil inclinations they would reject the grace and light of God. But I would not view this as deterministic, but of self-will.

The question I would dearly love to have answered: Are there Neuroplastic changes when a person accepts faith in God? As this process can involve complete reversal in thinking and behaviour (and possibly environment), especially for the adult convert, could this precipitate positive neurological changes?

Just wondering……

UPDATE: Thinking on it would be interesting to compare the recidivism rates between criminal Christian converts and others. If the recidivism rate is reduced in violent criminal converts, then could this potentially be evidence of neuroplasticity in action?

I don’t know of any research of this type, but would be very interesting….

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2 Replies to “Dr Gerhard Roth: Dark side of the brain where evil lurks, Grace and Neuroplasticity”

  1. I saw a comment from this researcher on the George Knapp news, associated with the coasttocoastam syndicated radio program in the U.S. He said that since investigators notice a “decline” in individuals even starting at the kindergarten stage it is incumbent on society to take steps to offer these people support to keep them from developing into evil people. I seriously doubt that. It’s like saying that since investigators would notice pubic hair developing on the genitalia of students in middle-schools or even late in grammar school that steps should be taken to either promote this or prevent it, depending on whether this normal developmental phenomenon is being disparaged or lauded. People go through stages of development based on what’s in their genetic tool box. Yes, certain extreme environmental influences or even less extreme ones over time can make two identical twin clones as genetically diverse as two fraternal twins or even two cousins but they’re still going to vary within a set of possibilities with which they were born. So what you’re probably talking about is whether the evil develops into the form of someone who tortures small animals or whether it’s someone who grows up to torture all his underlings over whom he is in authority in the work place—but evil is evil. Cut the evil tumors from their evil brains and teach wild dogs a lesson. Where I live a certain easily-identifiable group who self-identify constantly for un-earned privilege, unmerited sympathy and undeserved recognition and who comprise 15% of the population double the load on police, courts and penal institutions—-to the extent that shortcuts in the process of arriving at “justice” are frequently required in order to continue to have these institutions functioning at some level and the level of actual “justice” has become highly degraded. It’s called “throwing a spanner into the works”. The Fruit of Islam did the research into who owned and crewed t he ships which brought these spanners to our works and who threw them in with the fraudulent claim they’d make good field-hands… Yeah, if you expended almost as much labor standing over them with a whip all the time as it would have taken to get the crop in yourself. Now we see who is rubbing their hands together in eager anticipation as the seeds of destruction they planted so long ago are actively destroying Golem USA before it can make itself full-aware and possibly be moved to seek revenge upon those who have so cravenly abused it’s good nature–precisely as was written of by industrialist genius Henry Ford. The evil is intrinsic. The criminal levels of it can be dealt with by draconian emergency laws but that’s not the problem. Those are only the tip of the iceberg-of-evil which is easily seen and avoided or dealt with. It’s the not-so-obvious submerged not-quite-criminal levels of evil which will sap the strength of the nation. It’s the below-the-waterline unseen portion of this iceberg of evil which are currently ripping the hull of our ship-of-state open and which soon will put it where they tried to put our NSA listening-post ship June 8, 1967.

    It’s the continual rudeness, stupidity and incompetence of the below-the-waterline portions of the iceberg-of-innate-evil which are going to deactivate Golem USA, just as was planned so long ago when the same people as planted these serpent-seeds of evil originally funded the American Independence. People from nations which are only allowed to exist continuously for several hundred years as a coherent sociological force in history cannot hope to joust successfully with those of a distributed landless/borderless state which has existed continuously for 6,000 years pursuing the same agenda all that time and win. A kindergarten class full of little nascent geniuses could not overcome the crafty mature knowledge and techniques of even an intellectually mediocre adult teacher. Old age and deceit will triumph over youth and vigor every time. If you don’t believe it then view some news footage regarding the confirmation process of defense secretary nominee Charles “Chuck” Hagel and see how often reference is made to his supposed critical attitude toward the government of phony dog-and-pony-for-show canard state dhimmisrael. The only surge anyone is concerned with is a possible surge in votes away from any senator who would easily confirm any nominee seen as critical of the international zionist conspiracy. Evil is innate/congenital. Just because some overt behavioral signature of it’s presence in the individual may be observed developing at a certain calendar age doesn’t mean it’s any less inevitable or congenital than the development of breasts or pubic hair at another stage in the calendar age of any typical individual. The supposedly bigoted caucasians in the U.S. south have always tried to withdraw their own children from socilization with negro children at a certain critical age and there’s a reason for this—and it’s nothing to do with irrational-fear-spawned racial bigotry. it’s got everything to do with familiarity with that particular subject matter. Get over it. If you don’t believe me then take the counsel of famous personage Tony Blair once he was freed from concerns about obtaining the votes of certain demographic blocks in the electorate and was put into an appointed position. See what he had to say about the alarming upsurge in violent crime in that fireARMs-free paradigm of personal safety if you don’t want to believe me.

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