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Imagine you're a lecturer teaching a celebrated novel that features violent scenes – say, F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925).

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We can halve most forms of violence by 2030. Here's how.

A second step is to determine where violence concentrates and who is most at risk.

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Violence has always been one of humanity's most serious global challenges. This is because for most of history, we were natural born killers.

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Our surroundings impact how we behave while drunk, argues author Malcolm Gladwell

In Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the concept of coupling.

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  • In his latest book, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the importance of environment in human behavior.
  • While your actions change when you drink alcohol, they're also tied into your surroundings.
  • Timothy Leary had a similar notion of "set and setting" that he applied to psychedelics.
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How personal experience of adversity affects our feelings of compassion towards others

Researchers measured high- and low-adversity participants' feelings of compassion.

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Imagine seeing a photograph of a suffering child in the war-torn region of Darfur, in Sudan.

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Dictators and mass murders: Understanding 'malignant narcissism'

Most of us can't imagine wanting absolute control over a nation or feeling compelled to commit mass murders — so then what is it about a dictator's psychology that makes them different?

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  • The world over, dictators seem to share similar characteristics — a need for admiration, excessive paranoia, and ruthless brutality.
  • At the same time, a relatively healthy, "normal" individual will have a great deal of difficulty putting themselves in a dictator's shoes.
  • It's not enough to just chalk it up to evil: What condition could explain dictators' bizarre desires and behaviors?
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