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The publicist I worked with told me that my radio interview with her would be her first, though she's had several print interviews. I've never done an interview so long, so this will be published in two parts This is part one. 

interview notes-- mostly my questions

You cite a quote by Karen Franklin, a researcher in forensic psychology, who said, "By foregrounding intrinsic evil (the diagnosis of) psychopathy marginalizes social p roblems and excuses institutional failures at rehabilitation. We need not  understand a criminal's troubled past or environmental influences. We need not reach out a hand to help him along a pathway to redemption. The psychopath is irredeemable, a dangerous outsider who must be contained or banished. Circular in its reasoning, psychopathy is nonetheless alluring in its simplicity."

Please comment.

Why did you write this book?

She doesn't answer my question, she responds to Franklin quote. I reply that the ID of sociopaths to deny parole is advocated by Robert Hare, 

What are the characteristics of a sociopath as you understand them?

In one part of your book you bring up vampires and compare them to sociopaths.

Then you talk about how sociopaths are treated by indigenous cultures. 

You talk about how sociopaths can be very valuable as attorneys or in business. 

You've described how you learn about people to " develop and get control over them. 

Description reminds me of Phineas Gage, who had a rod go through his brain, and it changed his behavior to be cursing, immoral. 

What's your impression of what I've written so far?

Emotional bias". 

Recidivism 80% compared to 30% non sociopath.

Cost of sociopath recidivism is about half a trillion $ a year.

You write in your book that you would take books that were not yours or take bicycles and sell them, wouldn't that be a crime?

Would you rather have emotions or not have emotions?

Talk about Ayn Rand and sociopathy.

So what's your opinion of Ayn Rand now?

Is she sociopathic?

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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To be a lawyer in America is to be a sociopath.... by Pesky Brewer on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 9:25:25 AM
She said that she wouldn't steal again because she... by Amy Schreiner on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:38:57 AM
...to the transcripts.... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 12:41:35 PM
Sociopaths should stay away from the obvious "help... by Amy Schreiner on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 12:52:43 PM
Thanks Rob and very well done for finding this "Pu... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 1:51:38 PM
Sociopaths are not always compelled by their perso... by Daniel Penisten on Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 4:08:47 PM
Sociopaths are not to be believed. ... by Jerry Lobdill on Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 at 5:29:05 PM
I think one needs to learn when to believe the soc... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 12:58:59 PM
and figured that listeners and readers could sort ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 7:00:37 PM